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Type: Peeper
Location: Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin
OS GR: SU 142295
Period: Nineteenth-century Gothic
Medium: Stone-carving
Foliage: Semi-trefoil
Mood: Solemn, staring



This fine green man is one of two very fine peepers on this impressive Victorian-Gothick monument to the Rev. Thomas Henry Hume (died 1834), designed by Hopper. The monument itself is on the west wall of the south transept.  

The green man seems to prefigure the art nouveau style with its androgynous, rather elfin face, peeping out from its frame of trefoil leaves.  You will find it at the bottom of the monument, to the left of the main tablet.  A very nice example of its type.

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.