Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Cherry Tree Road, 17
The postbox of number 17 Cherry Tree Road sports an unusual feature – a stoneware imp on top of the American style postbox. They think it’s stoneware, anyway. It’s certainly heavy enough and hard enough to resemble one of those gargoyle ornaments you can buy at the garden centre.
Unfortunately, what they actually have is a the cast-off skin of a real imp. Quite how it became visible is anyone’s guess, though there is evidence of a petrification process occurring in the skin. When asked, the residents will readily tell you they obtained the chap (whom they christened Cecil) from the St. Winnifred’s School Summer Fete but will be unable to reveal where there might be a similar one.
If you are ever invited to Laverstone Manor, however, you can spot several of these odd creations dotted about the grounds. Just never, ever offer to feed the cockerel.