A fish is depicted on this village sign at Gooderstone in Norfolk. It earned its
place because there used to be a trout fishery in the village in medieval times.
It is accompanied by a character in a suit of armour with a sword. He represents
Saint George who is patron saint of the parish church, also depicted.
The picture on the left shows a milestone in the shape of an upside-down fish at
Rockland St. Mary in Norfolk.
Below shows a carving of fish in Homersfield, dating from 2000, which is the work
of sculptor Mark Goldsworthy of Bungay in Suffolk. The wooden trunk is from a Cedar
of Lebanon tree from Blickling Hall in Norfolk. On the top of the flattened trunk
there’s a carved man in a boat, and the words ‘I dreamed of a beautiful woman who
carried me away’ are carved around the base. This is a reference to Roman times
when the River Waveney here was called Alveron which means ‘beautiful woman’. The
sculpture stands on ground that was once the river bed.
Left: Weathervane with fish on a house in Homersfield by the River Waveney in Suffolk.
Another example of a fish as decoration is one carved in stone on an outside wall
of Oxborough Church in Norfolk.
Mark Goldsworthy had part of his training at Great Yarmouth School of Art and his
first commission was in 1991. His inspiration has come largely from medieval carvings
in the region and he has specialised in figurative sculptures, mainly in wood.
His work has been exhibited not only locally but also in London and abroad. For
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Below are two photos of a wooden carving on another tree trunk. This one is on Parkers
Piece Fen alongside a path by the Little Ouse river in Suffolk. As well as fish,
there are heron and newt depicted. It has interpretation plaques on its other side,
and is the work of Andy Manning.
Andy Manning, who carved this tree pictured right, is a conservation ecologist and
freelance professional sculptor who is based in Suffolk. His work is
along with four other Suffolk sculptors. These carvers work with chainsaws, chisels
and sanders to create works of art in big chunks of English oak, Red Cedar, Sweet
Chestnut and Beech. They also work with willow, ash and hazel. They produce public
artworks for schools, hospitals, offices, housing projects, play areas and village
Right: A wall plaque seen on the wall of a bungalow in Gissing in Norfolk, depicting
two fish swimming.