Cock or Vane

Cycling and walking around Houghton led me to the discovery that there are a good number of Weather Cocks and more than a few Weather Vanes.

For such a small community I am surprised at the number of properties on which a weather vane or, more popular in Houghton, a weather cock can be seen. In my travels around our parish I have spotted 11 but no doubt more remain for me to discover. What is the difference?

 
Weather Cock
This was reputed to have come about due to a 9th century pope who decreed that churches should have a cock on its dome or steeple to remind people of the saying of Jesus that the cock would not crow until Peter had denounced him three times. (Luke 22:34)Below six weather cocks seen around the village.

 

Weather Vane Plum Tree Barn

Weather Vane Plum Tree Barn

Weather Vane All Saints Church

Weather Vane All Saints Church

Weather Vane Corner Cottage, Houghton

Weather Vane Corner Cottage, Houghton

Weather Vane Granary Cottage Houghton

Weather Vane Granary Cottage Houghton

Weather Vane Dairy Barn Farm

Weather Vane Dairy Barn Farm

Weather Vane Dairy Barn Farm Shed

Weather Vane Dairy Barn Farm Shed

 

Weather Vane
The word vanes derive from the Anglo-Saxon word fane; meaning flag. The direction and speed a pennant blew would thus help the archers of the day hit their targets. Later they were made of metal, often with the coats of arms of the nobleman on whose stately pile it was fixed. Now a days there is almost no shape or subject not covered by a weather vane.

North Houghton Mill

North Houghton Mill

Weather Vane Houghton Lodge

Weather Vane Houghton Lodge

Weather Vane Honey Suckle Cottage

Weather Vane Honey Suckle Cottage

Weather Vane Bossington Mill

Weather Vane Bossington Mill

Snail Creep

Snail Creep

Weather Vane Snail Creep

Weather Vane Snail Creep