This usual figurehead is found on the side of a building on Marsh Lane, Preston, Lancashire. I have often wondered what it is and after a little digging online, discovered that someone has apparently solved the mystery. It appears that this is a bust of the printer William Caxton (1415-1492) and was added to the building sometime at the end of the nineteenth century when it functioned as a printers. The somewhat truncated symbols below the head are the Caxton’s colophon. More details can be found here: http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/warehouse-figurehead-mystery-solved-1-87258
Location: Marsh Lane, Preston, UK.