'Ludlow Bat / Welsh Dragon' Medieval Cathedral Carving
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This bat is taken from one of the support carvings on the misericords found within St. Laurence’s Church of Ludlow. The bat is carved in typical medieval style depicting it as more of a mythical creature or even, in some opinions, a Welsh Dragon, Ludlow being on the Welsh/English border. The original was carved in the 15th Century (c. 1433 -1470) when major redevelopment took place at the Church and most of the misericords were carved.
This ornate reproduction is hand-crafted to the highest standards by Oakapple Designs Ltd, a company specialized in reproducing medieval carvings using molds taken directly from original carvings found within the cathedrals and abbeys of the United Kingdom. Each piece is cast in resin and then stained to create a virtually indistinguishable copy. The original Bat carving was made in wood, but it is presented here with a 'stone' finish.