Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

I believe it’s a custom from Scandinavia and common now in many countries to ‘top out’ a building with a small tree (coniferous) when, during its building, it’s maximum height is reached: a metaphor indicating the building has reached a significant stage, nearing completion, a ‘cherry on top’.

Tewkesbury Abbey Church might well have been ‘topped out’ during its construction in 9000-1100 AD. Here the flag of St George catches a breeze and flutters with pride, mounted as it is at the highest point on the tower: a ‘cherry on top’.


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3 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

  1. restlessjo says:

    Looks very grand! I’ve missed out on Tewkesbury 🙂

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What a nice tradition!

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