Giant and Hob-Nob

The Salisbury Giant is a unique survival in this country. It is probable that he existed by the 1400s. Sometimes called St Christopher he was owned by the Tailor's Guild and purchased by the Museum in 1873 for 30 shillings (£1.50). He now stands 12ft high, his wooden frame having been rebuilt c. 1850. Over his shoulder he wears a leather baldric decorated with the Tailor's coat of arms.

His companion, the Hob-Nob, was the mischievous character who cavorted in front in the procession clearing the way for the Giant.

 

 

 

 

 

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Of particular significance in the collection are the relics of the ancient guilds of Salisbury.

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