Monkeying Around in Cambridgeshire!
Through the ages craftsmen have been accustomed to adding some form of personal signature to their work.
The builder engaged on a great house discreetly left his mason’s mark, perhaps only to be seen centuries later by one of his successors engaged on repair and restoration. Wood and stone carvers might cheekily incorporate a less than holy image amongst the cherubs they were employed to decorate a cathedral.
Thatchers completing their task added a final touch with their own special signature — a thatch bird. Often enough it would be a pheasant, an owl or a squirrel, but in the Cambridgeshire village of Histon there seems to be a rather less common figure enjoying the open-air life. Look up and you’ll see a monkey patrolling along the ridge of a house!
Monkeys might not feature among the usual wildlife in Cambridgeshire, but one thatcher couldn’t resist adding one to this roof!