The Green Man

A mythical man in suburban Essex

The Green ManThe Green Man roundabout on the A12 takes its name from that of a series of pubs and inns on the site, one mentioned by Daniel Defoe in 1724, and a regular stopping off point of Dick Turpin. The current pub (which supposedly features in the 'Rear Window' Hitchcock mosaic at nearby Leytonstone Tube Station) no longer bears the name, but the Green Man has been commemorated in this mosaic, created in 2000 by Nuala Flynn, on the gable end of a new housing development.

The mural features a representation of a Green Man - a half-man-half-tree pagan deity subsequently found carved in many medieval churches and in folklore - holding the sun and moon. At the bottom of the mural is a stone obelisk - the original Leyton Stone, a milepost (possibly Roman in origin) that gave the suburb its name.


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Where to find it

John Drinkwater Close, Leytonstone E11 3AE

Leave Leytonstone Tube Station by the town centre exit (if you find yourself at the bus station, turn around and go back through the station subway to the other exit), head along Church Lane in the direction of the church. At the High Street, turn left. After 200 yards or so, turn right down Browning Street, following this round to the right. Turn left into John Drinkwater Close (if you reach Henry Reynolds Gardens, you've gone too far). Follow John Drinkwater Close to where the roadway ends and go through the bollards onto Bush Road (by the roundabout) and turn around: the mural is on the gable end of the last house on the right on John Drinkwater Close.
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1.3 m x 5.5 m Person for scale


  • Tile: Mosaic

How to get there

66, 145, 257, W13, W14, W19
Leytonstone High Road

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