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Stunned couple find 14th century medieval gargoyle hidden behind their toilet

A Lincoln couple found a 14th century stone gargoyle under a bathroom counter – SWNS

A British couple were stunned to find a medieval gargoyle in their bathroom.

Tracy and Rory Vorster were cleaning their bathroom when they made the ‘grotesque’ discovery: a stone-carved sprite hidden beneath a wooden panel.

The couple searched for answers after removing the plank in their Grade II listed rental home (a building or site listed as being of exceptional national, architectural or historic interest).

Experts at Lincoln Cathedral believe the eerie figure is part of a historic drainage system dating back to the 14th century.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said the father of three. “I shouted at my wife and said, ‘I found something.’

“The whole house has a kind of hollow wall, so we immediately thought there could be more. In fact, we now know for sure.

“The previous resident had lived here for over 20 years, so they definitely knew about it, but we had absolutely no idea it was there.”

Tracy Vorster with the gargoyle in her bathroom – SWNS

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The couple just moved in on March 1 and Tracy thought it was a plank and wasn’t sure why people decided to cover it up.

Their house on Vicars Court is owned by Lincoln Cathedral and is believed to be the home of a former vicar.

“It was well documented (back) as far back as the 14th century, but not that many people here know about it. It would have been for a minister (and) I think it was some kind of kitchen sink.

A Survey of Old Houses in Lincoln Vol. II says: Houses south and west of the Minster first recorded the carving in 1887 as a ‘grotesque mask forming the drain’.

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Vicars’ Court house owned by Lincoln Cathedral

“Because we don’t own the house, we can’t just tear down the wall.

“My plans are to just enjoy it because of how interesting it is. I have a desire to maintain it.

“It makes it even more special. The house is so interesting.”

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