Greenwich Weathervanes (1)
First of a new occasional series today. Considering we’re getting a big dollop of pretty much every kind of weather available just now (sun, fog, rain, snow, ice and wind – and that was just yesterday) it seems appropriate to start looking at Greenwich’s many weathervanes.
This is one of the most splendid, at the Old Royal Observatory. Inside, the South Building’s been turned into a rather fabulous visitor space. Where the old support piles for the heavy equipment used to be, a fantastic spiral staircase winds its way up and underneath sits the Planetarium with its strange-shaped ‘dome,’ but outside, I’m very glad to see that not only was the beautiful building preserved, but restored.
And on top sits this rather wonderful ship-shape weathervane, whose picture I took with a better camera in better times.
The ship is, according to the NMM website, Henri Grace a Dieu – or the Great Harry to you and me. Henry VIII’s flagship was placed atop the dome to indicate the importance of Greenwich to Britain’s naval heritage, but I don’t know how old it is or who made it.
As usual, I’m sure someone here will know…