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Ebbesbourne Wake

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EWint.jpg (42863 bytes) Type: Foliage-spewer
Location: Church of St John the Baptist
OS GR: ST 991242
Period: Mediaeval
Medium: Stone
Foliage: Stylised leaf and flower/fruit - strawberry and leaves?
Mood: Staring, gaping, blank-eyed

Dropping in at Ebbesbourne Wake church we were delighted to find this apparently undocumented green man with his generous coils of foliage swirling around the supporter of the arch leading to the west tower.  His mouth gapes wide, disgorging long stems with leaves and to one side of him, what appears to be a strawberry.  He also seems to be wearing a hood. 

Dating this fellow is not easy, as in 1875 the church was almost entirely rebuilt.  However, the church guidebook tells us that the tower is part of the pre-Reformation church, and the style of the green man does suggest a mediaeval date.  


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Page created on 15 June 2007.  Last updated on 15 July 2007

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