The Woodwose – Pete Jennings

A woodwose is a full-bodied wild man figure mostly found carved in stone within Suffolk churches, although they have been found in other counties and countries. They are referred to in literature across Europe. The figure is usually seen as naked but covered with hair and a long beard, holding a club. Variants include having a shield, kneeling or with crossed legs. They may also be seen fighting a wyvern two-legged dragon or a more traditional four-legged dragon. The terms ‘wild man’ and ‘woodwose’ seem to be interchangeable, and some female examples exist. Come and find out much more about them in history, art folklore and more with some wonderful illustrated examples in this talk by Pete Jennings based upon his book: THE WOODWOSE OF SUFFOLK & BEYOND: a pictorial guide.