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Ludgershall

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Type: Foliage-spewer
Location: Church of St James
OS GR: SU 263509
Period: Perhaps Early English, a similar date to the chancel where he is set
Medium: Stone
Foliage: Stylised
Mood: Blank, blind, cadaverous
Watching over the pulpit

Ludgershall's green man is placed directly above the pulpit in the parish church, but he is somewhat masked by a splendid brass candelabrum which means he is rather difficult to photograph effectively.  He is aged, the sharpness of the carving blurred by the passing years; in fact, with his collapsed nose and sunken eyes he seems somewhat like corpse-like.  But he has a fine head of hair, arranged in big curls, and a large, wide mouth from which the foliage flows generously.

He is a classic foliage-spewer, with no lower jaw in evidence. 

 

Also at Ludgershall

  • several other stone heads dotted around the church
  • The Brydges Tomb (1558) with its comedy lion
  • Ludgershall castle earthworks
  • Mediaeval cross, Castle Street

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Page created on 10 June 2007.  Last updated on
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