The above photograph was captured in Eggleston Hall Gardens in County Durham and I believe from looking at various other photos in the achieves, this weather vane is purely ornamental. That is, it doesn’t serve it’s original purpose as a wind or weather vane because it is only about 8 or 10 feet off the ground with lots of taller buildings and trees all around.
That being said, does it matter? In an lovely gardens like the one at Eggleston Hall it looks great. My dad and I both saw it at the same time, and it was one of those moments where we looked at each other and said, “I saw it first, I’m taking its photo”. Needless to say we both have pictures of this weather vane. I’m sure that many people simply walk past it but I thought it worthy of a photograph.