Wednesday 16 December 2009

Advent 16: Green Men (2)

As we have seen previously, faces with foliage sprouting from them can be found in churches and cathedrals across the country. The Victorians used Green Men as decoration for secular buildings and examples are often found on banks, offices, etc. Sometimes faces can be found on larger private houses and it may be an attempt to copy this fashion which led to the decorated lintels above the doors and windows of humble terraced houses. The example shown here is on Guthlaxton Street, Leicester, and is a sort of 'King of the Fairies' figure. His queen is on the neighbouring window or door. For more examples and links to websites about the Green Man have a look here: