Saturday, 16 June 2018

Oh Deer!

While walking on the Quantock Hills and Exmoor I have seen many live deer over the years.  However this blogpost is dedicated to artistic representations.  These are the ones I have come across so far:

Fawn by artist Fawn, Weston-Super-Mare

Stag Statue at West Quantoxhead

Willow Stag, Nynehead Court

Stag on bench end in Bishops Lydeard Church

Stag statue next to the "Welcome to Minehead" sign at the Ellicombe Roundabout

This stag lives in the garden of some retirement flats in Dulverton

This stag, who is called Horatio, can be found in the grounds of Minehead Middle School in Ponsford Road.  He was carved with a chainsaw in the summer of 2016 by Matthew Crabb, who is a former pupil of the school and is now a renowned chainsaw artist.  The sculpture is 10 feet tall and was commissioned to celebrate the launch of the West Somerset Academies Trust.

Gate at Dunster Village Gardens

Showering's trademark Babycham statue outside Showerings Cider Mill (now the Brothers Drinks' Factory) in Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet

Babycham is a light sparkling perry launched in the UK by Francis Showering in 1953 and first produced at Showerings Cider Mill in Shepton Mallet.  It was a particularly popular drink in the 1960s and 1970s and a chamois goat/antelope logo was used to market it.  The Babycham brand is now owned by an Australian company: Accolade Wines.

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