Portraits in wood and stone
Many churches have corbels and bosses in the form of animals or people. These structures support roof timbers or arches.
In this article John Kett points out that the bosses in St Agnes Cawston may well be portraits of men and women who supported the church in its early days. He goes on to talk about the gargoyles or water spouts that project from the gutters of churches and other buildings. They are often grotesque and may have been designed to ward off evil spirits or to remind churchgoers of the existence of evil.
John Kett 1990
Cawston Parish magazine September 1990