There are several roof angels that I want to use for ‘Sunday Roof Angel’ from St John The Baptist Church in Stamford, Lincolnshire. There are three different types, and they in turn are all different, but this angel is the only one with a ‘Green Man’ which is one of the roof bosses. Most Medieval churches will have a green man in some form or another, but they are hard to find. If you look at the second photo you will see that the rest of the bosses are faceless, apart from this one on the bottom of the left hand side.
A very short version of the meaning of the ‘Green Man’……..Leaves or vegetation are a very important symbol in the church and can be seen in the sculpture of churches of all ages as well as in windows. Leaves are a symbol of life, eternal life if you wish. In the older heads the leaves or branches with new leaves originate in the mouth, two, one at either side. A head with leaves thus described, is nowadays called a Green Man.