Braunston, Rutland, LE15 8QU
Date of visit: 21st May 2020
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Braunston-in-Rutland is a village and civil parish in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The population of the civil parish was 392 at the 2001 census, including Brooke and increasing to 502 at the 2011 census. Leicestershire lies on the parish’s western boundary.
A sculpted stone stands in the churchyard, at the west end of the church, close to the tower. Known as the Braunston “Goddess”, it was found in about 1920 when the church doorstep needed to be replaced. When the slab was lifted the carving was revealed on the underside. There has been considerable speculation as to its age and meaning, and its original position as part of the church building, or whether it may even predate the church. It is clearly not a gargoyle as it has no drainage channel. It may have had an apotropaic purpose. It has facial and stylistic similarities with some Irish Sheela na Gigs, but it has no genitalia.
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Location – UK Postcode LE15 8QU
Location – OS Grid Ref: 483260, 306759
Location – Latitude / Longditude: 52.65218, -0.770678
Location – Northing / Westing 52°39’07.8″N 0°46’14.4″W