I think I have always wanted to visit England, perhaps even live there, and I finally made the trip
this winter during the week that set English records for cold!
No matter! I was just where I wanted to be!
I still cannot think of one thing that I did not like about the entire adventure…
more likely, I like everything even more!
I marveled all kinds of things…one of them being the wonderful old architecture
and quatrefoils were often part of that.
In architecture the quatrefoil is a type of decorative framework consisting of
a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of
four partially overlapping circles of the same diameter.
It is a representation of a flower with four petals or a leaf with four leaflets.
The word is derived from the Latin “quattuor” (four) and “folium” (leaf).
In heraldry, the quatrefoil brings good tidings.
Just after my return, a dear woman, customer and friend who knows I love to collect history and skeleton keys
showed me her tiny quatrefoil key, which opens a tiny lock, and wondered if I might want to make more…
just another lovely coincidence, to which I answered “of course!”
Well, my new little quatrefoil key, silver or golden bronze,
hangs next to every charm I wear… perfectly!
Here are some of the beautiful architectural quatrefoils I photographed in England…