Gothic Gargoyles & Gargoyle Statuary
Gargoyles, formerly written as gargle, gargyel, gargayle, gargyle, gargulye, and sometimes gurgoyle, were the long projecting spouts in mediaeval and renaissance buildings which conveyed rain water from the roof gutter, and shot it forth away from the wall. The word is said to be derived from "gargale", an old French word for a disease in the throat of pigs which causes them to make a "gurgling" noise.
Gargoyles are sometimes plain leaden spouts; at others, simple stone channels; but they very frequently take the form of grotesque figures of men, animals, or demons, with open mouths whence the water is ejected.
Gothic gargoyles can be bought at Design Toscano.