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Mint5.jpg (42563 bytes) Type: Foliage-spewer
Location: Church of St Michael the Archangel
OS GR: ST 812323
Period: Mid-Victorian (c.1856)
Medium: Wood
Foliage: Acanthus-type
Mood: Oriental, severe
A photographic challenge

The Victorian roof in the nave's south aisle contains two green men that are real challenges to the photographer, high up, ill-lit and self-coloured so that they do not show up well against the surrounding wood.  This first one, a foliage-spewer, is at the west end of the south aisle above a window.  Look for the word 'sanctus' in the frieze and he is just above.   He is not very large, and on a dull day it is difficult to make out his appearance, but our photograph shows a rather severe oriental face with hooked nose.  The roof was restored in Victorian times, so this is a relatively modern example of the green man.

Also at Mere

  • 6 more green men inside the church
  • A green beast on the exterior
  • A mediaeval St Michael above the porch
  • Misericords
  • Angel roof
  • Mediaeval cross in the churchyard
  • Yapps Brothers of Mere - a wine-merchants - well worth stopping for a tasting!

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Page created on 16 June 2007.  Last updated on 24 July 2007

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