Sunday, 18 March 2012

Green Man Gargoyles


The Green Man, a name only recently coined to describe imagery which has been around for hundreds of years, is a common sight on churches, castles and alike. The image has its roots in pre-christian culture, a symbol of regrowth or rebirth. These four are from Highcliffe castle, yet are likely to have originated in France as the faux castle is build from ch√Ęteau masonry shipped to Britain in the 1800's. There were other green man carvings, but unfortunately time, weather and damage have all but done for them.

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  1. According to Stephen Fry and QI, a grotesque isn't a gargoyle unless it is posessed of a spout to convey water, so what you have there are in fact grotesques.

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