The title of this blog comes from a Gaelic expression -"putting on the poor mouth"-which means to exaggerate the direness of one's situation in order to gain time or favour from creditors.
The current parish church is over 600 years old. Hornchurch means church with horn like gables (presumably referrring to a previous church in the area). At some time someone put a bull's head on the church, perhaps as something whimsical or perhaps in tribute to the old tanning industry here (long gone). The next town Upminster, means church on high ground!
It looks like the Church are fans of Texas. That looks like the infamous Longhorn symbol.
Love the black and white picture and the clarity in the 3rd picture.The last picture is just scary.
Extremely neat looking and very cool that they haven't removed the bull's head after all these years!
I like the 3rd photo especially.
What a neat bit of church history.
I love the second and third pictures , the head is a little scary.
What an unusual thing to see on a Church!
Clever! Horn church, very pretty.
Great photos & memories!I had to draw that poxy bull for a school project in the 3rd year!Long time ago now....
Why do I have Austin Powers echoing through my mind with his leering line, "Do I make you HORNY, baby?"Happy WW, jams!
Hi Jams, I remember it well! Shame someone stole the original bull's head though. One of my favourite places in Hornchurch.
Ah Beakerkins are you insuinating that only two sorts come from Hornchurch, steers and...!!!!!Amber some vandals stole the hiorchs a few years back. I'm glad they have been replaced.The churchyard is a great place to spend time. I love it Alsison. More photos to follow! Ah the school projects, Chris.. happy memories!Alison I am glad that the horns were replaced. It was a crass acto fo vandalism.LOL EWBL.. are you insinuationg that teh bull is saying "Me so horny, I worship long time!"
I love our heritage as there aren't many that can say they have churches, cathedrals & minsters. Excellent post Jam x x
Very nice photos!!
Those are gorgouse.
I love historic buildings, and these photos are great! Thank you for sharing them, and happy WW!
Church architecture is just fabulous stuff. Thanks for the history. Love the B&W photo, creepy - gave me chills. D :)
Absolutely beautiful. I just love your photographs each week. Happy WW.
Very interesting. I never knew that. Beautiful photos.Happy Hump Day!
I love churches (from the outside....well the inside too....well sort of...heck, I'll just stop talking right now... ;) )Thanks for visiting me :)
Gorgeous..I can only imagine the history its seenThanks for the smile! If you get bored, check out the Scavenger Hunt Amys Random Thoughts is doing.
thats pretty cool. great pics and thansk for the explanation
I love learning the history behind things. Thanks for sharing.
Really lovely shots. Especially fond of the black/white exposure.Enjoy the day.
Thanks for all of your comments. More next week!
great looking church!!!!happy WW!
great shots, love them.
Interesting...although the last picture is a bit freaky. ;)
Beautiful photos:-). Though the last one was a bit scary at first until you explained:-). Happy WW
Wonderful photos. Looks like a beautiful place.
Hook 'em! It seems there should be a church in Austin, TX with such a skull, but I don't know of one.
Thanks fopr you comments.Ah steve, Hornchurch or Longhorn church?
What a wonderful collection. And the last one: Amazing
Great photos. I really like the b&w one.
What beautiful shots. I love to visit the old churches. Their architecture is always so intriguing.
The black and white pic is my favorite. Nice!http://iwish.typepad.com/i_wish/
Hey thanks for your comments!
I neglected to mention earlier... jams, I've very much enjoyed your entire series of Hornchurch photos. Yes, including your "longhorn church" picture!
Thanks Steve. The area is hardly replete with great building s but quite a few are interesting
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