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

Fowlers Troop Jack-in-the-Green 2015

Copyright © Paul Holman

Copyright © Paul Holman

I’m very grateful to Paul Holman for sending in some fantastic pictures of this years Deptford/Greenwich (Fowlers Troop) Jack-in-the-Green from Friday.

The Fowlers Troop Jack was revived in 1983 by Mo Johnson who made a Jack-in-the-Green in the back garden of the ‘Dog and Bell’ and Blackheath Morris (a side morphed from the Blackheath Foot’n’Death Men who used to dance at events featuring bands like Hawkwind and the Pink Fairies). Mo was inspired by one of Thankful Sturdee’s photographs c.1900 of the original troop and Jack.  The Fowlers Jack goes out on the streets of Deptford and Greenwich every May Day. Fowlers Troop try to maintain the styles of the original Fowlers Troop and wear clown costumes, fancy dress or Edwardian style clothes.

More pictures have just been uploaded to our Flickr Archive here:

The Company of the Green Man maintains a free to access archive of pictures of the traditional Jack in the Green. I would be extremely grateful for any pictures of any of this years (and previous years) Jacks for the archive.

3 responses

  1. Just a quick correction, the pub is the Dog and Bell not the Dog and Duck. I know Roy Judge named it incorrectly in his book and it seems to have stuck. We set off from the Dog and Bell on Friday and it is the pub in the background of this photo.

    May 4, 2015 at 12:10 am

  2. Many thanks, I’ll make sure it’s corrected throughout the blog and website.

    May 4, 2015 at 12:13 am

  3. Thank you.

    May 4, 2015 at 7:29 am

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