Drain Bracket Casts
Drainpipe brackets are not normally worthy of a second glance, but those at Berkeley Castle are special because they are so ornate. I have set about making a collection of plaster casts of as many as possible, starting with those that are easily accessible. Some patterns are unique (I think) such as a bowl of fruit, and others are repeated throughout the building, for example the Tudor rose, Bishop’s mitre, lion rampant, and the Berkeley Knot. This is an emblem resembling a Celtic knot that also occurs in the stained glass at the Castle. I am hoping to get one of each, eventually.
The Berkeley Witch
Although the story of the Berkeley Witch, first recorded in the twelfth century is not specific to the Castle but rather to the town of Berkeley, it was perfect for inclusion in the Halloween event at the Castle. I studied medieval illustration and illumination before making an abridged illustrated version for display.