St. Denys’ Green Man is of the ‘Spewing and Uttering’ form.
When Pope Gregory sent St. Augustine to England in 597 he told St. Augustine not to erase old art and customs, but to let them cohere over time. Green men - foliate heads or leaf people - carved in wood or sculpted in stone, can be found in many of England's great churches and can look curiously pagan amongst the Christian imagery. The term "green man" was coined in 1939 by Lady Raglan. Green men continue to intrigue people with their mysterious guises and whilst demonstrating the blending of pagan imagery into the fabric of our churches, they are also beautiful and show off the skills of the carvers and sculptors.
The are several types of foliate-heads:
1. Spewing and Uttering: Vegetation coming from eyes, nose or mouth;
2. Jack-in-the-Green: A face peering out of vegetation;
3. Foliate-head: A face moulded out of leaves.
St. Denys' green man is carved in wood and is of the 'spewing and uttering' form with leaves coming out of his mouth.
We are urgently awaiting the result of a Grant Application for the Chancel Roof and are trying to raise £8,000 to repay a negotiated loan for our part of that contract assuming the grant is forthcoming. The deterioration of these carved figures will doubtless feature in the 2018 five yearly report, so we cannot rest on our laurels!