E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image St Michael and All Angels, Linton in Craven

St Michael and All Angels, Linton in Craven


Green Men and Boss carvings

Within the roof of St Michael and All Angels at Linton are these wonderful carvings, and a couple of cobwebs too.

edit - 20 Oct 2008

A couple of British links for information about the Green Man

Mike Hardling's site is very good, worth reading
http://www.mikeharding.co.uk/greenman/greenindex.html

A site collecting images of the Green Man throughout WIltshire
http://people.bath.ac.uk/liskmj/greenman/index.htm

The pictures aren't as well put together as perhaps they should have been, a more artistic arrangement might actually have been better
.

St Michael and All Angels, Linton in Craven


Green Men and Boss carvings

Within the roof of St Michael and All Angels at Linton are these wonderful carvings, and a couple of cobwebs too.

edit - 20 Oct 2008

A couple of British links for information about the Green Man

Mike Hardling's site is very good, worth reading
http://www.mikeharding.co.uk/greenman/greenindex.html

A site collecting images of the Green Man throughout WIltshire
http://people.bath.ac.uk/liskmj/greenman/index.htm

The pictures aren't as well put together as perhaps they should have been, a more artistic arrangement might actually have been better
.

comments (11)

These carvings are wonderful, aren't they - and all done without modern tools. Your photos of them are very good and have captured the details and the shine. Putting them together like this gives us 4 for the price of 1!
EJWilkins: They are rather wonderful, and these are beautifully maintained too, which makes them quite special.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 20 Oct 2008, 15:30
A great testament to the skills of the craftsmen at of the time - although the cobwebs looks very similar to those in my house! sad
EJWilkins: Got some in our house too Alan, and some HUGE spiders too. Yuk!
  • FLOOG
  • The Utopia of my heart
  • 20 Oct 2008, 15:33
It has long been a source of amazement to me, the skills of craftsmen in such detailed and beautiful work.

Love your presentation smile
EJWilkins: Presentation could have been better, it looks a bit messy because nothing lines up, but hey, it served its purpose.
Oh excellent Ellie: one day I think I'll put up a few choice GM - they'll made the S/Cers think!
EJWilkins: I think you should Chris.
I've just added a link to the Wiltshire site, hope that's OK smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 Oct 2008, 17:01
Carvings like this still amze me, Ellie. I had a funny thought just now...because they remind me of jello molds. grin

I like that we got 4 of these for the price of one and don't really know how you could have arranged them differently in a collage. It's not your typical handiwork but then, what could you have done???
EJWilkins: I think, if they were hollow, they'd hold enough jelly for a few families! They're larger than they seem. wink
(I gave up messing about with the presentation, it shows the pictures, gives an idea of what's in the church, gives a bit of history and from that point is adequate. Photographically it's awful!)
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2008, 18:43
I normally go to Hasting for Jack in the Green, so your post has bought back good memories Ellie thankssmile
EJWilkins: And you take pictures of the festival? If so, where are they? wink
Nice composition displayed, Ellie! Good details!
EJWilkins: Gracias Jose smile
They are wonderful to see! Amazing craftmanship. I like the cobwebs in the photos, added interest.
EJWilkins: Hmm, a real home from home for me! Woke one night to find a very large spider on the bed, about two inches from my nose. Sprayed the whole house with insecticide and can now see neglected webs that I wouldn't have otherwise noticed.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Oct 2008, 20:44
Ellie, very interesting! - I had to google (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Man), because we don't know the mythologic figure of the "Green Man", but a similar figure called the "Wild man/Wilder Mann"- there may be a relationship. I find it strange that the head of the "Green Man" in the centre of the cross has been fixed- there where the crucifixus should be fixed. Chris seems to know more about the "Green Man" (celtic influence?)
EJWilkins: I've added a couple of links Philine. Here they are for you. The second one, if you look carefully through the site, contains somebody you may recognise (not me!)
Mike Harding's site - http://www.mikeharding.co.uk/greenman/greenindex.html
Wiltshire Green Men - http://people.bath.ac.uk/liskmj/greenman/index.htm
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Oct 2008, 20:56
To get this together in a better way, would require alligning the rafters holding the carvings. What planning that would require when handling the camera!

The expression of 'Green men and Boss (carvings)' evades me :-(
EJWilkins: Ah, the little carvings are called Bosses, so an individual one is a Boss. They can be stone or wood.
All these carvings were lined up along the centre of the roof, it was quite hard to get directly beneath each one, let along make sure they'd all line up in a later collective picture.
What an interesting subject for a well put together and interesting collage Ellie.

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