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18th Century Green Man [May. 14th, 2017|07:24 pm]
Tony Grist

A Green Man.

But I've never seen a Green Man on an 18th century headstone before. The date of execution could be 1703- when the husband died or 1731- when his wife did. The relative sophistication of the design makes me lean to the later date.

This particular Green Man has flowers- probably roses- coming out of his mouth. This also is unusual. Usually Green Men just spew leaves and tendrils and other green stuff. He's to be found at St. Mary's, Barcombe- a mile or so outside Lewes in East Sussex.

Here's the whole, very busy, composition.


[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-05-14 07:16 pm (UTC)
That is fabulous!

No, I've never seen a Green Man on a headstone before - but he fits in well with the symbols of resurrection...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-14 07:29 pm (UTC)
I've been poking round churchyards all my adult life- and there are still surprises to be had.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-05-14 08:59 pm (UTC)
Most unusual! And busy is a good way to describe that grave marker.

I see lots of flint on the marker...which I thought was mostly in Norfolk!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-15 09:21 am (UTC)
What's happened here is that the stone used to be freestanding and someone- probably a Victorian restorer- has dug it up and built it into a wall.

There's a lot of flint in Sussex.
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[User Picture]From: nineweaving
2017-05-15 04:11 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-05-15 09:26 am (UTC)
I've been photographing old gravestones all my adult life- and this is one of the finest I've ever come across.
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