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This is the "famous" (ish) Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle. It stands upon the top of an ornate doorway on an office at the back of St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle. It would appear to be a form of Gargoyle (or more accurately a "Grotesque") an ornamentation supposedly to scare away evil spirits and often seen on cathedrals. A true Gargoyle is a water spout, this isn't a water spout so it's a grotesque, but most people know them as gargoyles.

No-one really knows why the rabbit is there. My favourite explanation is that it is not a rabbit but a hare and that it was an original lawyer in the building called Mr. Hare for whom it was erected in honour. Whatever the truth, he (I'm sure he must be male) rather made my day when I stumbled across him.

I hope he brightens yours too!

Beware the Vampire Rabbit!

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