Codford St Mary
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|Type:||Green beast, foliage-spewer|
|Location:||Church of St Mary|
|OS GR:||ST 974398|
This rather unusual 'green beast' is on a free-standing piece of carving on the sill below the west window in the south aisle. It is a Romanesque beak-head with streamers of foliage flowing from the mouth. The foliage is strongly stylised, typical of many green men of the period. There is much coiling and swirling of the stem beside the head, but the leaf effect can clearly be seen lower down where the lower stem finishes. And what kind of animal is this beast? Perhaps its creator intended it for a horse, but there is no doubt that it strongly resembles a sheep, with its Roman nose, bat-ears and curly topknot!
by Black Cat Folklore