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|Location:||Church of St John the Baptist|
|OS GR:||ST 991242|
|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.
by Black Cat Folklore