A gargoyle, the Church of St Denys, Aswarby, Lincolnshire, England. Photo by Spencer Means on Flickr (Creative Commons).
A gargoyle, the Church of St Denys, Aswarby, Lincolnshire, England. Photo by Spencer Means on Flickr (Creative Commons).

This square-ish fellow kind of reminds me of an early video game creature. When I went to get the image link, I noticed it was titled “Hunky Punk”, which I thought was interesting. I googled the term and discovered that  “hunky punk” is a term specifically used in Somerset, England to describe grotesques (never true gargoyles) on church buildings. According to Wikipedia, which was unfortunately the most reliable site I came across on my search, hunky punks are typically short, square-ish and rather crudely-carved, just like our little pac-mac from Aswarby (Hunky Punk on Wikipedia). I’m so excited to have a new research term to explore when working on my gargoyle book! Look for more hunky punks as future gargoyles of the day.

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