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Book of the Month – March

The Hidden Green Man in Essex

 

Our book of the month for March is “The Hidden Green Man in Essex! by Susan Hedegus

It is available via  The Company of the Green Man’s Amazon bookshop by clicking on the picture above or using  THIS LINK

If you buy your green man books via our Amazon links you pay nothing extra but a small referral fee may go towards the Company of the Green Man. This helps us to keep our website and membership free for all our members. In fact anything you purchase from Amazon after going through one of the links may be eligible to earn us a small referral fee so please consider doing so whenever you are planning to shop at Amazon.

Historical Jack-in-the-Green – March

Red Set Girls and Jack in the Green by Isaac Mendes Belisarion 1837 8 3

Each month I publish a  newspaper article that featured the traditional Jack-in-the-Green along with a picture or photograph from the archive. Each of these articles is a fascinating window into a bygone era. For more information about the Jack in the Green both current and historical visit our main website at: www.thecompanyofthegreenman.co.uk

1st May 1886: MAY-DAY IN LONDON

May-day was yesterday observed in the metropolis in the usual manner….the day, as usual, was kept as far as possible by the chimney sweeping fraternity as a holiday. At an early hour several of the sweeps resident in Westminster, Chelsea, and other parts of London turned out with their “Jack in the green,” but their shows were nothing to those of previous years, in some cases only being got up by apprentices. The shows were only in a very few instances accompanied by the traditional fairy on stilts, and the “Black Sall” and “Dusty Bob” of bygone days were conspicuous by their absence.

Reynolds’s Newspaper, 2 May 1886, page 1

The picture featured this month is Red Set Girls and Jack in the Green by Isaac Mendes Belisarion (1837 -38)

The Holly Man

Holly Man copyright © Damian Frost

Holly Man copyright © Damian Frost

 

David Risley sent us this picture of his latest manifestation of the Greenman at the Lions part Twelfth Night festival that took place on 4th Jan. For this festival the Holly man, his winter guise, was rowed up the Thames and landed at the Bankside where much Wassailing ensued. The picture is by Damian Frost.

Book of the Month – February

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Our book of the month for February is “In Search of the Green Man” by Peter Hill

It is available via  The Company of the Green Man’s Amazon bookshop by clicking on the picture above or using  THIS LINK

If you buy your green man books via our Amazon links you pay nothing extra but a small referral fee may go towards the Company of the Green Man. This helps us to keep our website and membership free for all our members. In fact anything you purchase from Amazon after going through one of the links may be eligible to earn us a small referral fee so please consider doing so whenever you are planning to shop at Amazon.

Historical Jack-in-the-Green – February

Samuel Collings May Day in London1784

Each month I publish a  newspaper article that featured the traditional Jack-in-the-Green along with a picture or photograph from the archive. Each of these articles is a fascinating window into a bygone era. For more information about the Jack in the Green both current and historical visit our main website at: www.thecompanyofthegreenman.co.uk

May 1st 1832: A WET MAY-DAY

The rain of yesterday morning wholly damped the spirit of the May-day. Melancholy and miserable looked “Jack-i’-the-green,” as his laurels dripped over his black forehead ; one of these spectacles in Whitehall was a sad lesson to that sport which so frequently ends in mourning. The chief sweep and his lady, in all their glistening finery (by the way, they understand the jeweller’s rule of contrast admirably, setting “barbaric pearl and gold” in black), slinked along one side of the street in the manner of an ejected dog, beneath (oh, march of intellect!) a silk umbrella ; close behind came a Falstaffian regiment of beardless sweeps, melancholy, miserable, and muddy, vainly striving to look sedate and sober – your wet day is a great gin provoker – and the rear was brought up by “Jack” – at least “the green,” moved along but danced not, neither did it rejoice as of old on May-day ; twirl gave it none, and but that it did move, bore no other sign of tenancy.

The True Sun, 2 May 1832, page 1.

The picture featured this month is May Day in London by Samuel Collings (1784)

Green Man

copyright © Albion James

My thanks to Albion James for sending us this wonderful picture. You can see more of his work here:

http://albionart.wix.com/albionjames

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HAND MADE CRAFTS FORGED FROM FOLKLORE AND FIRE

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Book of the Month – January

Explore Green Men

 

Our book of the month for January is “Explore Green Men” by Mercia MacDermott with photographs by Ruth Wylie

It is available via  The Company of the Green Man’s Amazon bookshop by clicking on the picture above or using  THIS LINK

If you buy your green man books via our Amazon links you pay nothing extra but a small referral fee may go towards the Company of the Green Man. This helps us to keep our website and membership free for all our members. In fact anything you purchase from Amazon after going through one of the links may be eligible to earn us a small referral fee so please consider doing so whenever you are planning to shop at Amazon.

Historical Jack-in-the-Green – January

Jack in the Green a May Day scene sixty years ago Charles Green 1830

Each month I publish a  newspaper article that featured the traditional Jack-in-the-Green along with a picture or photograph from the archive. Each of these articles is a fascinating window into a bygone era. For more information about the Jack in the Green both current and historical visit our main website at: www.thecompanyofthegreenman.co.uk

1st May 1864: GOING A-MAYING.

The boughs and flowers were used to decorate the doors and windows of the houses, and were often associated with superstitious ceremonies, including protection against witchcraft and securing a good milking season. Indeed, the milkmaids appear always to have had a special interest in May Day festivities ; and even within living memory a number of them would assemble, in a street near Moorfields, on the first day of the month, there to perform a sort of grotesque dance around a figure which was evidently the original “Jack in the Green.” This was a man who bore upon his head a pyramid of May flowers and green boughs, all hung round, with mugs and silver tankards ; and it not frequently happened that the party was afterwards joined by a number of sweeps’ climbing-boys who were decked out with ribbons and accompanied the milkmaid’s fiddle and tabor with a brush and shovel obbligato. These sweeps, who by a popular fiction were supposed to have their holiday in virtue of its being the anniversary of the recovery of young Montagu, who had been stolen for a climbing-boy, soon had May Day to themselves; and now the “Ramoneur” – which recent Parliamentary disclosures prove has not superseded climbing-boys, enactments notwithstanding – has nearly abolished May Day, even amongst the sweeps…

The Illustrated Times, 7 May 1864, page 302.

The picture featured this month is “Jack in the Green a May Day scene sixty years ago” by Charles Green (1830)

The Company of the Green Man Membership Badge

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I am extremely pleased to announce that the Company of the Green Man membership badge is now available. Our leather badge was designed and crafted by clog maker and leather worker Phil Howard. Phil is well known to many Morris dancers and festival attendees and he has designed and crafted many of the leather badges worn by Morris sides throughout the country. Each badge is hand crafted and therefore no two are the same, they measure 2inches across and look fantastic on tatters, top hats, bags, backpacks or any standard item of clothing.

You can purchase your very own badge via the Members Badge tab above or THIS LINK

If you are not already a member of The Company of the Green Man you can join for free via the “Join Us” link above.

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