A rainwater head from Bradninch Place

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A rainwater head from Bradninch Place

The rainwater head would have served as the hopper at the top of a drainpipe on a house frontage. It is formed of sheets of cast lead, soldered together to form a half-cylinder, with projecting wings allowing it to be fixed to a wall. The design shows a central moulded mask flanked by the crown letters 'I P', with the date 1720 below and a cartouche flanked by angels above. It comes from Bradninch Place, whose site is now occupied by the Arts Centre in Gandy Street.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum