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    Default Ginny Greenteeth and St James's Mount

    Has anyone heard of Ginny Greenteeth (which, as far as I knew was a folkloric name for green pond weed used to scare kids away from bodies of water) or possibly Jenna/Jenny Green (yes, I know that the actress Jenna Leigh Green is currently touring with the show Wicked as a witch, so that might be a red herring) in association with Saint James' Mount (where the Anglican Cathedral is now)?

    I'm trying to piece something together based on the following info:

    Prior to the Cathedral being built workmen came across a life size wooden carving of a woman.

    There was an old Liverpool song which contained the lines “On the mount there stands a lady, she is I know not who, she is I know not where”. (or similar)

    Somebody referenced this statue to be Ginny Greenteeth.


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    Any information about the carving or the song or any association of Ginny (or Jenny) Greenteeth and the mount/cemetery would be brilliant.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by researchwriter View Post
    Has anyone heard of Ginny Greenteeth (which, as far as I knew was a folkloric name for green pond weed used to scare kids away from bodies of water) or possibly Jenna/Jenny Green (yes, I know that the actress Jenna Leigh Green is currently touring with the show Wicked as a witch, so that might be a red herring) in association with Saint James' Mount (where the Anglican Cathedral is now)?

    I'm trying to piece something together based on the following info:

    Prior to the Cathedral being built workmen came across a life size wooden carving of a woman.

    There was an old Liverpool song which contained the lines “On the mount there stands a lady, she is I know not who, she is I know not where”. (or similar)

    Somebody referenced this statue to be Ginny Greenteeth.

    Any information about the carving or the song or any association of Ginny (or Jenny) Greenteeth and the mount/cemetery would be brilliant.

    Cheers
    I've only heard of her. My mum used to say that name to me if I hadn't cleaned by teeth and I say it to my kids if they haven't cleaned theirs. Don't know what the origins of it are though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by researchwriter View Post
    Has anyone heard of Ginny Greenteeth (which, as far as I knew was a folkloric name for green pond weed used to scare kids away from bodies of water) or possibly Jenna/Jenny Green (yes, I know that the actress Jenna Leigh Green is currently touring with the show Wicked as a witch, so that might be a red herring) in association with Saint James' Mount (where the Anglican Cathedral is now)?

    I'm trying to piece something together based on the following info:

    Prior to the Cathedral being built workmen came across a life size wooden carving of a woman.

    There was an old Liverpool song which contained the lines “On the mount there stands a lady, she is I know not who, she is I know not where”. (or similar)

    Somebody referenced this statue to be Ginny Greenteeth.

    Any information about the carving or the song or any association of Ginny (or Jenny) Greenteeth and the mount/cemetery would be brilliant.

    Cheers
    You should contact Mike who runs the St James Website - http://www.stjamescemetery.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightowl View Post
    You should contact Mike who runs the St James Website - http://www.stjamescemetery.co.uk/
    It was Mike who gave me the info actually.

    Cheers for the quick response though.

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    Oh *&%$! It's a Slemen-ism!

    "Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral took 74 years to build on a site that was revered - St James Mount - once the home of a powerful witch who has only survived in Lancashire nursery rhymes for children as 'Jenny Greenteeth'. Part of the nursery rhyme goes: 'On the Mount there is a lady, who she is I do not know.' The Great Witch's statue was unearthed in the early years of the last century as excavations were taking place for the Anglican Cathedral on St James's Mount. The life-size figuring was situated in the centre of an ancient village, as if Jenny was revered by some Celtic community long lost in the mists of time."
    from http://forums.canadiancontent.net/of...ss-darkly.html

    Still, if there's a chance that anyone knows anything at all about this pre-dating Mr. Slemen's version, I would be very grateful.

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    When I was younger my dad used to tell me about Ginny Greenteeth who lived in the little lodge on St James Cemetery.
    She had rotten teeth and children would bang on her doors and she would chase them away.
    A lonely character by all accounts.

    Mike from St James' Cemetery emailed me recently about this.
    Will try and dig out the email,

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