If there's one symbol that I come across in my travels across the country (more often than not in churches, but also in some secular buildings) it has to be the foliate head - popularly known as 'The Green Man.'
I've also come across green women and other depictions based upon sprite-like forms. They have been used from medieval times up until the present day and have been cast in lead and plaster or carved from stone and wood. They adorn finials, capitals, hood-moulds, spandrels, bosses etc.
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