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Are they architectural features typical for Cornwall?
Are they supposed to fend off evil spirits?
Are they just waves?
The mind boggles…
Photos: (c) anglogermantranslations. All rights reserved.
Part of CFFC – Roofs, initiated by Cee Neuner.
Say not the trouble nought availeth!
Heureka – just now! After looking for them again and again over the years I hit on the correct search words, roof + ornaments + Penzance.
So they’re called finials. Although I found so many images of houses in Chapel Street, no photographer was interested in these things on the roofs. They must have been so used to the sight that they didn’t even notice them. Finials, finials, finials. And of course I misread finals at first. 🙂 Der deutsche Oberbegriff für allerlei Gesums auf dem Dach ist sinnigerweise Dachschmuck – wer hätte das gedacht! Ist dann auch nicht so leicht zu verwechseln mit Finale oder Filiale.