This article accompanies the fable
By 1910, of course, the naughty elements largely had been stripped out. The bawdy Lord and Lady of the May had been replaced by a pretty May Queen like the one above.
If Lady Godiva survived and Peeping Tom was banished, so too the Green Man or Jack in the Green was banished along with him. The Green Man is one of the most interesting figures in European folklore. Really a symbol of fertility and rebirth, he is associated with spring and he reminds us of our bond with nature. Nowadays he makes an amazing gargoyle or fountain or door knob. Below are striking examples from France and Germany: