All Things Green Man & The Traditional Jack-in-the-Green

New Sighting

Southwell Minster © Martyn Gaunt

Congratulations to Martyn Gaunt for spotting an as yet unlisted Green Man and  Green Beast in the Minster at Southwell in Nottinghamshire. They are both to be found on carved wooden friezes above the choir stalls, the first one is on the north side of the choir and the second, more animal like one is above the stalls on the south side. Martyn commented “While I knew of the many green men within that have been well documented, especially in the Chapter House (Have you been? It is absolutely wonderful!) and the misericord with a full length foliate figure, I had previously been completely unaware of these two figures”

Southwell Minster © Martyn Gaunt

2 responses

  1. Harriet Vered

    How did the masons get away with umpteen carvings of such obviously pagan figures? And in full view of the choristers and the rest of the clergy!

    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

  2. Hi Harriet,

    Thanks for the comment. It does seems unlikely that the green man is a pagan image sneaked into churches and cathedrals by masons. Especially as we have examples that are even more visible, I have a couple of examples where they are actually on a level with the pulpit and so were obviously never intended to be hidden. For more information and to see pictures please visit our main website at

    Dec 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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