TG2308 : Green Man

taken 1 year ago, near to Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain

Green Man
Green Man
Green Man boss in the cloister vaulting of Norwich Cathedral
Norwich Cathedral
Norwich Cathedral is dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity.
The cathedral was begun in 1096 and constructed out of flint and mortar and faced with a cream-coloured Caen limestone. A Saxon settlement and two churches were demolished to make room for the buildings. The cathedral was completed in 1145 with the Norman tower still seen today topped with a wooden spire covered with lead. Several episodes of damage necessitated rebuilding of the east end and spire but since the final erection of the stone spire in 1480 there have been few fundamental alterations to the fabric.
Norwich Cathedral has the second largest cloisters in Britain. The cathedral close is the largest in England and one of the largest in Europe and has more people living within it than any other close. The cathedral spire, measuring at 315 ft or 96 m, is the second tallest in England despite being partly rebuilt after being struck by lightning in 1169, which led to the building being set on fire. Measuring 461 ft or 140.5 m long and, with the transepts, 177 ft or 54 m wide at completion, Norwich Cathedral was the largest building in East Anglia.
The Cathedral is a Grade I listed building. LinkExternal link
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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
Friday, 7 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 13 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Place (from Tags)
Norwich Cathedral 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2349 0884 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.8762N 1:18.0642E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2348 0884
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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