St Alfega Church dominates Greenwich Church Road, a step sideways from Greenwich’s most famous resident, Cutty Sark. St Alfega was Archbishop of Canterbury in 1012 when he was taken hostage by Danish raiders. Rather than being ransomed he was executed in Greenwich. The church commemorates and memorialises St Alfega’s martyrdom.
The figurehead of the Cutty Sark is the Witch Nanny Dee from the Robert Burns poem Tam o’Shanter.
Nanny Dee chased the drunk Tam o’Shanter, who escaped over the Brig o’Doon. It was a close run thing with Nanny Dee pulling the tale off Tam’s horse, and this is caught here with the witch brandishing a horse’s tail.