Roof bosses


bossesA boss is a decoration in stone or wood where cross-members of a roof or ceiling intersect.

Many are elaborately carved, and popular subjects include grotesque and human faces, green men, symbols of Christ’s passion, heraldic shields, foliage and animals.

For most of them, the original paintwork has long since gone, to be replaced in some cases by a covering of gilt paint.


(text and images courtesy of Heritage Inspired)