Mon­key­ing Around in Cam­bridgeshire!

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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!

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