Mere - I
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|Location:||Church of St Michael the Archangel|
|OS GR:||ST 812323|
|Period:||Late nineteenth-century, although screen originally Perpendicular (1350-1530)|
|Foliage:||Grapevine leaves and fruit|
The interior of Mere parish church is very rich in green men. We find the first on the richly carved rood screen that separates chancel from nave. The frieze runs across the screen in two layers - look at the right-hand end of the top row of the lower frieze. There next to the wall is a death's head green man, with naked skull and grinning teeth, but from his jawless mouth flows a luxuriant grapevine with large bunches of grapes.
The main part of the rood screen is Perpendicular, but the coving and rood loft are a late 19th century rebuild. Nevertheless, our green man fits in well with the style of the screen.
Also at Mere
by Black Cat Folklore