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An artificial ceramic stone also called Lithodipyra (from the Greek for twice-fired stone). It was developed and manufactured by Eleanor Coade (1733-1821) in Lambeth, London. Coade stone is fine, hard and weather-resistant and was used for architectural decoration, memorials, statues and garden ornaments.

 

Local examples (click to enlarge)

Coade stone

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Bungalow, Summer Hill, Harbledown – the two heads seem to depict Green men (q.v.)

Another possible Coade stone head on Summer Hill – awaiting confirmation

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