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20110530 - hunky punks

Hunky Punk is Somerset dialect for grotesque carvings on the side of buildings (especially churches).

By definition, a hunkypunk is an architectural feature that serves no purpose. Therefore, a true gargoyle is not a hunkypunk because it serves to drain water through its mouth. Some carved creatures found on churches might look like gargoyles, but are not if the mouth cannot drain. Hunkypunks were often carved to create a balance of decoration. A typical example might be found at the corner of a church tower, along the coping ridge below any castellations. Often there are carvings on each corner, yet the roof may only drain in one direction and so there might be three hunkypunks and one true gargoyle.

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Taken on May 30, 2011