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Postby Seawitch » Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:28 am

There's a Green Man pub in Wimborne, Dorset. Last time I was in there was in the 1970s when it was very old fashioned and not very friendly but decent beer (no food in those days).

There were quite a few pubs like that in those days. If you went in at lunchtime, invariably you would be a lone customer sitting in a darkish room with hard seats. All you would hear was the sound of your beer being swallowed, an unseen clock ticking and the landlord's elbow cricking as he looked once again at his watch to calculate how much longer you'd be in there taking up his precious time ........

It seems the pub has been transformed a great deal since then, and they have a website with a little history - which mentions their theory on its name. http://www.greenmanwimborne.com/site/in ... &Itemid=29

Interestingly, this pub is only a few minutes' drive from Badbury Rings, the huge Iron Age hill fort. There is much history in Wimborne and outlying area, including the market square which has never been built on as it is the site of a huge mass grave of plague victims.

Haven't been to Wimborne for ages, but next time I'll visit the Green Man and maybe look in the Minster church for signs of him.

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Postby cornmother » Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:10 am

Hi Seawitch

That's really interesting - especially the link to the GM pub itself - which does mention the sign depicting a forester.

Perhaps you can send us a picture of the present pub sign, when you have the time? You know how we all love piccies.

And Daffodil (what a great thread you've started!) ...a book on the GM - great! Which one is it? (You know me, always asking questions!!)

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Postby solsticedreamer » Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:29 am

oh i know the green man in wimbourne and of course bradbury rings~i love the avenue of trees :)

almost opposite the green man there is a pub called the pudding and pie-swampy and i always joke that i would be in the green man and he would be in there...hopfully eating pies :roll:

this is turning inot a fantastic thread~i must get in gear and actually get in the old church now
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Postby Daffodil » Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:34 pm

The book Chunky bought me is called 'Walking With The Green Man, Father of the Forest - Spirit of Nature' and it is by Dr Bob Curran

I had not heard of him before, but the blurb on the back of the book says he specialises in folklore and belief. I have not started reading it yet because I am heavily into 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins (if anyone else has read this then it may need a whole other thread to discuss it!)

Anyway, once I have read it, I will report back with anything interesting I might find out. Next time I go to visit my Mum I will try and get a picture of the Green Man pub sign.

Cheers everyone :D
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Postby cornmother » Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:30 pm

Daffodil wrote:The book Chunky bought me is called 'Walking With The Green Man, Father of the Forest - Spirit of Nature' and it is by Dr Bob Curran
Anyway, once I have read it, I will report back with anything interesting I might find out. Next time I go to visit my Mum I will try and get a picture of the Green Man pub sign.



Sounds good to me! I love the art work on pub/inn signs, particularly if they've been hand-painted. Very often one side differs slightly from the other side. (Do check out the one near your Mum's). Clive Hicks's The Green Man A Field Guide lists over 180 Green Man or similarly named pubs/inns, and Mercia MacDermott's Explore Green Men has pictures of three modern Green Man pub signs.

And thanks, Greymalkin, for all the URLs - I had a good meander through those.

Have a good week, all of you.

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