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Devizes St John

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Type: Foliage-spewer
Location: Church of St John
OS GR: SU 005616
Period: Romanesque
Medium: Stone
Foliage: Stylised
Mood: Thoughtful, serene

A very fine Romanesque green man in this equally fine Romanesque church.  He forms the capital of one of the pillars on the right of the very ornate sanctuary, right on the very edge of the enclosed area, beside the door into the south chapel.  The foliage swirls ribbon-like from his relaxed mouth, typical of green men of this early period.  He is one of the most well-known of Wiltshire green men, and rightly so, as he is a most distinctive and pleasing example of his type.

Also at Devizes St John

  • The close around the church itself, with some beautiful old buildings.
  • The corbel-table of the original Norman chancel, once outside, is now enclosed in the south chapel.  The corbels are well worth a look, with some crazy and humorous animal-heads laughing down at us.


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Page created on 18 January 2009.  Last updated on 18 January 2009.