Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Zodiac, Weston-Super-Mare

There are all sorts of Victorian treasures to spot above ground level in Weston-Super-Mare, but I'm a little baffled by this one. Above a shop in West Street are Aries and Taurus, illustrated with appropriate reliefs; to either end the banners state that the building dates from 'A.D. 1869'.

I haven't found any information about this facade, so have no idea why the signs of the zodiac; why those particular signs; or who chose them. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to learn more!

2 comments:

Philip Wilkinson said...

What was the shop? Are those butchers' tools, and if so, was it owned by a butcher who choose these signs of the zodiac simply because his job was chopping up sheep (or rams) and cattle?

CarolineLD said...

Oh, that would make sense. I must try to find an old trade directory.