TL0593 : Green Man

taken 3 years ago, near to Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, Great Britain

Green Man
Green Man
A re-used Green Man misericord from the Collegiate Church on the font cover LinkExternal link at St.Mary & All Saints' church at Fotheringhay
Green Man
The ‘Green Man’ is a relatively common pub name but is most often seen carved in wood or stone in churches across Britain and much of continental Europe. Thought to be a Pagan symbol, it was used by the early Christian church as a symbol of the Resurrection and life after death. The earliest Green Men appear in first and second century Roman motifs and the image has endured to the present day.
He combines nature and man together symbolising the power of both, representing life, death, fertility and rebirth, with leafy vines growing from his mouth and sometimes his eyes, nose and ears. The juxtaposition of a pagan symbol in medieval churches is fascinating and can be seen on capitals, bosses, corbels, misericords, fonts, stalls, bench ends, tombs and in stained glass. The face is almost invariably male, benign rather than sinister and usually in a location above head height so you have to look heavenwards to see it.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 6 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 8 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 0598 9314 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.5502N 0:26.3578W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 0598 9314
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Church  Grade I Listed  Green Man  Misericord  Font Cover 

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