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

Archive for Feb 3, 2009

Green Man Of The Month

 This fascinating and extremely enigmatic Green Man gazes across the graveyard out to sea from one side of an external arch of St Augustine’s Church in Ramsgate.

Approached via a small gate to the side of the church you need to make your way right along the back of the church until you reach an arched doorway on the other of the church. Although I had seen photos of this Green Man it was still a real surprise to see the quality and intricacy of the design up close.

The Church was designed by the architect Pugin (1812-1852) who is best remembered for his work on numerous churches as well as the Houses of Parliament.

Pugin’s own house “The Grange” is next door to the Church which Pugin actually built for himself. Work on the Church began in 1844 but was not finished at Pugin’s death (He is buried in a vault beneath the chapel.)  It was completed by his eldest son Edward. 

The inspiration for the Green Man probably came from Pugin’s father Auguste Charles, who wrote Gothic Ornaments, Selected from Various Buildings in England and France, published in 1831. The carver may have been either George Myers who built the church for Pugin or one of his more promising apprentices. 

I am indebted to Abbot Paulinus Greenwood OSB and Catriona Blaker of The Pugin Society for their assistance in finding information about this Green Man