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Stone faces by Sky on 25 May 2005 11:43am
lol Ok, so its an odd topic but I really need help!

I'm trying to research the history and design of a church (not for fun, I have my reasons!). Anyway, there are these strange stone faces inside, on the side of the pillars. They are not gargoyles (they belong on the outside), I have no idea what/ who they are supposed to be. Is there a small chance that anyone here has any ideas? I could e-mail you an image if it would help, cos I'm baffled!

Thanks. Sky x
Re: Stone faces by Dr. Piglet on 25 May 2005 3:05pm
sky, if they look a little bit like they are peering out from a shrubbery (!) they are most likely the representation of the green man. this is how the (mostly pagan) masons ensured that the old gods continued to be represented in the churches of the new religion.

if this doesn't fit what you are seeing, give me some more detail and i'll try to help.

Re: Stone faces by Sky on 25 May 2005 3:09pm
There is more than one of them, none of which is the green man. They look like normal people...
Re: Stone faces by kristinekm on 25 May 2005 3:23pm
Hi Sky, I'm studying Art History and might be able to help you if you narrrow down the age and location of the church.

The Scandinavian Stave Churches had often little faces of the Norse gods - Aesir - especially Odin the chief god with only one eye carved on top of the inside girders (I think they are called girders - wooden pillars) near the roof


Re: Stone faces by Sky on 25 May 2005 4:47pm
The church is in Staffordshire, England. Build in the 12th century but has undergone many changes since then! None of the Anglo Saxon parts remain at all. I think the faces are Norman, like the spire. Hope that helps. It's the one thing I can't get!!
Re: Stone faces by Dr. Piglet on 25 May 2005 5:00pm
want to email me the image, sky?

Re: Stone faces by kristinekm on 25 May 2005 5:44pm
Sky, I made a quick search on the net and found this. Try and have a look at it - hope it's the right church by the way :)
especially this part of it

Best wishes,
Re: Stone faces by Ahren on 30 May 2005 11:47pm
Were doing about the Green Man in R.E. Its the only interesting thing we've done all year!! If i find anything interesting, ill let you know!
Re: Stone faces by perfectbitch on 31 May 2005 6:57pm
It is very interesting and too large a topic to go into in much detail here. Good luck with it all
Re: Stone faces by davekaz on 1 June 2005 6:14pm
when buildings were being rebuilt the masons often used material from the building already there, or from another building that was been demolished when this Church was being erected. Have a look at Roslyn Chapel near Edinburgh - I'm sure they have a website and see if any of their figures resemble the ones you are investigating - soemtimes if an object has been ekpt away from "the elements" they may seem to be more modern than they actually are. Another tip would be Channel 4's Time Team - there's a link on C4's website - I know they've looked at medieval buildings and something there might help
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