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Thirty years of publishing









Ruth Wylie

I trained in art and photography.

On cycling tours, it was fun to visit churches, photograph carving, whatever caught the eye! Then, during the 1980s, alerted to Kathleen Basford's book The Green Man, I became aware of his commanding presence. Henceforward, my attention was concentrated!

Five large, fat albums later, the hunt continues! Home processing of b&w photographs allowed for greater control, but was too time-consuming, so was reluctantly abandoned for colour. Thanks to personal exploration and generous contributions from friends and numerous publications, I have compiled a register of sightings worldwide, regularly updated.

It is my pleasure to spread the gospel, exchange ideas and assimilate data on Green Men to share with fellow researchers and enthusiasts through a correspondence network.

An article The Green Man: variations on the theme was published in At the Edge no. 4, December 1996.

A selection from Ruth Wylie's extensive of photographs of Green Men carvings were used in Explore Green Men.

Green Man capital in St Michael's church, Lowther, Cumbria Green Man on one of several Jacobean panels from Bradfield House, made up to form a reredos in the Walfrond Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, Uffculme, Devon.
Capital in St Michael's church, Lowther, Cumbria. One of several Jacobean panels from Bradfield House, made up to form a reredos in the Walfrond Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, Uffculme, Devon.
Renaissance misericord from St Pierre-sur-Dives church, Normandy. The pedimaent to a Classical memorial in the ambulatory of St Jacques church, Dieppe, Seine Maritime, Normandy
Deposed capital from the twelfth century abbey at Hyde near Winchester, Hampshire, now housed in nearby St Bartholomew's church. Back panel from the sixteenth century choir screen at Collegiate Notre Dame, Ecouis, Eure, Normandy.

Ruth Wylie can be contacted by email via Heart of Albion Press


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