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Salisbury Cathedral - IX

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Type: Foliage-spewer
Location: Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin
OS GR: SU 142295
Period: Fifteenth-century
Medium: Stone-carving
Foliage: Stylised
Mood: Gleeful, authentically coloured

Our next fine foliage-spewer in Salisbury cathedral is frustratingly difficult to photograph and not terribly easy to view either.  We recommend you use binoculars, as this fine boss is in the fifteenth-century lierne-vault, high overhead in the crossing roof, under the central tower.  Chris had to lie on his back among the Christmas crowds in order to get even this shaky photograph. 

To locate this green man, stand in the crossing, and look up at the vaulting overhead.  You will see a bewildering number of different bosses.  Look just to the east of a fine tudor rose in the south-east quadrant of the vault to find this highly coloured foliage-spewer, which recalls the days when all our mediaeval churches were a riot of painted stone. 

Also at Salisbury

  • Many more examples of the green man at the Cathedral and elsewhere
  • In the chapter house, a rare example of a triple head
  • In the nave, a fourteenth-century clock, restored in 1956, formerly in the (now demolished) bell-tower.


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Page created on 27 Dec 2008.  Last updated on 27 Dec 2008.