Man figures on ordinary Oxfordshire buildings is an important feature
of our survey.
The Green Man seems to have been an especially popular motif on
town buildings of the late Victorian period where he can often be
seen nestling amid the foliate decoration of walls, windows frames
and door surrounds.
Victorian Green Man,
Western Road, Oxford.
Three adjoining houses in the street have a Green Man over the front
door, and two of them have Green Man faces over the ground floor
windows too. Dating from 1888 they were built by local architect
GT Sessions who designed many handsome new homes as Oxford expanded
in this period. The builders were Messrs Jarvis of Banbury. Our
thanks are due to the Oxfordshire County Record Office for identifying
the builders and date; and to Marc West for supplying the photographs.
Faces on ‘Cherries’, Abingdon
Thanks to Gillian Harrison for identifying these splendid Green Men
on the half-timbered front of ‘Cherries’ arcade in Abingdon
(6, the Square). Jackie Smith, archivist at Oxfordshire County Council,
tells us that they are likely to be late 19th or early 20th century,
as the half- timbering does not appear on a photograph of the shop
taken in the late 1880s. Photos: Gillian Harrison
‘once you start looking for the Green Man you will be surprised
by how often he crops up. Passing through the market place at Chipping
Norton, en route for its historic parish church, I was startled to
see two leafy Green Men peering out at me from the exterior of a high
street bank. I have since learned through the Oxfordshire County Record
Office that the building was erected in 1895’. Photos: Tim Healey
A Victorian Green Woman (date to be confirmed)
Can you send us case study of a Green Man presence
in your street? Or in a street nearby? How many are there? When
were the houses were built?
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