Last edited 22 Jul 2021

Rainwater head

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This rainwater head at Leighton Church dates from 1632.

The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture (third edition) was published in 1980. It was created for Penguin Reference and compiled by John Fleming, Hugh Honour and Nikolaus Pevsner.

It defines a rainwater head as: ‘A box-shaped structure of metal, usually cast iron or lead, and sometimes elaborately decorated, in which water from a gutter or parapet is collected and discharged into a downpipe.’’

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