Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Witch marks inventory and images

Historic England, a government history unit, asked people to help identify sites with witch marks by Halloween. These were already some historic buildings with known markings. The marks, dating from the mid 16th-mid 18th centuries, were made by people who scratched them into walls and by doors or windows, as a talisman against evil spirits. Common marks include a circle with a daisy in it, or initials for St. Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother, such as VV or VM. This is pretty interesting and a nice segue way as we move into the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday seasons where we will have too much too soon of turkey and Santa. Read more about it and see cool images here http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-37820567

In response to the request, people sent images to the BBCNews of their witch markings which were previously unknown or thought to just be medieval graffiti, with the locations. Marks were found in houses, churches, and other buildings. See some of them at http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-37824761

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