TF0836 : St. Peter ad Vincula, Graffiti

taken 4 years ago, near to Threekingham, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

St. Peter ad Vincula, Graffiti
St. Peter ad Vincula, Graffiti
A pattern of graffiti on a window reveal in the north Aisle
Graffiti in the Stone
Many churches have, scratched in the stone, patterns of circles, crosses, and mystic signs. After literacy became more common, names and dates started to appear.

The name 'medieval graffiti' has been given to these vernacular carvings, but some of the dated ones have 17th and 18th century origins, and I have seen one dated 1952.

It has been suggested that these represent an attempt to associate people with the place, in the hope of a safe return from pilgrimage or war. No-one really knows. It may simply be the same determination to 'make one's mark' that led schoolboys to carve their desks, or modern youth to get out the spray paint.

There is a web site called "Medieval Graffiti" which is owned by a project recording the phenomenon in Norfolk, but similar carvings have been found all over the country, although largely ignored by historians up to now.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 25 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Carved Stone 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0894 3614 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:54.6991N 0:22.8866W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 0894 3614
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Church Interior  Stone Graffiti  Ancient Graffiti 

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