Cornwall 2012 – When the fox preaches, look to your geese!

This pew end, at St Petroc’s in Padstow, dates from the 1530s. It shows Reynard the fox preaching to geese. There is a similar carving in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and to quote from their site:

The fox represents cunning and falsehood, and the geese the gullible and foolish congregation. The sly fox would lull the geese into a false sense of security with his soothing words, enabling him to make them his dinner. The moral of this story was that foolish people are seduced by false doctrines. In the church, these representations were often used as warnings against the preaching of the Lollards.