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Sutton Benger - II

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Type: Foliate coiffure
Location: Church of All Saints
OS GR: ST 947786
Period: Uncertain
Medium: Wood, bench-end, hand-rest
Foliage: Stylised
Mood: Serene
Foliate locks

This character is perhaps not strictly a green man, but his flowing hair is strongly reminiscent of foliage and, at this church where there are five other green men, this cannot be accidental. 

He is in the chancel, on the south side, on a bench-end to one side of the aisle.  His forehead is rubbed and polished by the hands of the many clergy who must have rested their palms upon him over the years.  His receding hair flows back from the dome of his head and curls back in long, strap-like leaves to merge with the bench-end. 

His partner on the bench-end to the other side of the aisle has much plainer locks, more like feathers than foliage.

Also at Sutton Benger

  • Five more green men
  • An immense pig gargoyle

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Page created on 27 May 2007.  Last updated on
10 June 2007

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