Creepy medieval gargoyle found behind a bathroom panel is 14th century drainage pipe

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An amusing video shows how a ‘creeped out’ couple discovered a 14th century gargoyle hidden under a secret trap door in their bathroom.

In a light-hearted video interview, a stunned resident describes her surprise when her husband found a creepy stone statue concealed behind a panel. Tracy and Rory Vorster had no idea that the stone-carved sprite was lurking in their new home - and were shocked to learn what it really was!

Cyber security worker Rory, 41, was scrubbing the toilet when he made the "grotesque" discovery in the Grade-I listed home. But experts from Lincoln Cathedral told Tracy, 40, that the ghoulish figure forms part of a historical drainage system dating back to the 14th century.

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14th century drainage system

Spray salon owner Tracy, 40, said: “The cathedral have it logged as a drainage system. Not entirely sure why they decided to cover it up. It was well documented, but not that many people around here know it. It’s been documented to the 14th century.”

Grotesque carving

A Survey of Ancient Houses in Lincoln vol II: Houses to the South and West of the Minster in 1887 first recorded the carving as a “grotesque mask which forms the drain.” “Because we don’t own the house we can’t just pull down the wall. If we were to break something down the cathedral probably. My plans for it are to just enjoy it because of how interesting it is. I have a desire to upkeep it.”

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