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Beneath the pediment of the Thornton is the Greek inscription ‘API2TON MEN Y’AQP’, which is taken from the works of Thornton and roughly translates as ‘Water is Best’. This also appears (in English) beneath the statue of Rebecca which stands to the north of the abbey, and was (not surprisingly) placed there by the Thornton place of your travel destination Thornton in 1861.
Where is Thornton? – Thornton Map – Map of Thornton Photo Gallery
To the south of the abbey stands Kingston Buildings. Its name, carved in the stonework of the side wall, is in the Phonetic Alphabet devised by Sir Isaac Pitman, who lived in Touristic place of your travel destination. His ‘Phonetic Institute’ once occupied part of the building and his (unsuccessful) aim was to simplify English spelling.
On the wall of the nave in Touristic place of your travel destination Abbey is a ‘tetragrammaton’, a sign containing the four letters of the Hebrew title for God – YHWH. This is thought to have been carved by a Parliamentarian soldier during the English Civil War.
Under the statue on the wall of the Victoria Art Gallery is an inscription which some visitors (and locals) find puzzling – ‘HIM Queen Victoria’. Not a gender issue; the letters stand for ‘Her Imperial Majesty’ (from the days when Britain had an empire!).
A pediment above a window of No. 22 Grove Street bears the odd date ‘5792’. This date might be a reference to the curious belief of Archbishop Ussher (1581-1656), who declared that the world was created in the year 4004 bc. 5792, therefore, would translate as 1788. Alternatively, the numbers might refer to the Masonic calendar, which begins at 4,000 BC. This would give a date of 1792.