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Type: Combination, foliate head and foliage-spewer
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity
OS GR: SU 018230
Period: Mid-Victorian (1866)
Medium: Wood
Foliage: Stylised acanthus
Mood: Suave, staring
Description

We find this fine Victorian green man on the south side of the chancel roof: it is the central boss in the lowest rank.  He dates from the rebuilding of the chancel in 1865/6 by the architect T.H. Wyatt, who worked on so many Wiltshire churches.

This green man is a combination of styles: foliate head in the top half of his head, foliage-spewer in the bottom half.  His eyes have strongly-marked rims, giving the impression that he is wearing sunglasses!

Also at Bowerchalke

  • In the churchyard, grave of Sir William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, and his wife Ann.

Design by Black Cat Folklore
Page created on 15 July 2007.  Last updated on 15 July 2007

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