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Crudwell

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Type: Foliage-spewer
Location: Church of All Saints
OS GR: ST 956929
Period: Fifteenth-century
Medium: Stone carving
Foliage: Stylised oakleaf
Mood: Drastic, painful
Blinded by foliage

Here we have the first green man so far identified in Wiltshire where foliage appears to be issuing from the eye-sockets.  Because this fellow is high up in the church, the second corbel from the west end on the north side, it is difficult to be categorical, but our photograph certainly seems to show stems coming from the eye-sockets rather than from the eyebrows.  This is a motif that we find in some Devon green men, which also date from the 14th or 15th century: it seems it was a late-mediaeval development of the form.

Also at Crudwell

  • Fine carved bench-ends in the church, with linenfold and late Renaissance panelling.

 


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