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Trowbridge - III

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Type: Foliage-spewer, winged beast
Location: Church of St James
OS GR: ST 856581
Period: Fifteenth-century
Medium: Stone
Foliage: Stylised
Mood: Protective, obscure
Description

This winged green beast, spewing foliage, is a still-functioning gargoyle (water-spout) on the exterior of Trowbridge's Church of St James.  It can be seen at the top of the drainpipe to the right of the church's north porch. 

With its raised wings and crouching posture, this is clearly a beast and not a human figure.  Yet from the mouth area we can see the familiar foliage spewing forth. 

Perhaps in the late mediaeval period the green man form began to change as the meaning of the motif was gradually forgotten. 

Also at Trowbridge

  • Two more green men
  • Fine mediaeval (but restored) angel roof
  • Some fine gargoyles on the exterior

 


Design by Black Cat Folklore
Page created on 29 July 2007.  Last updated on 29 July 2007.