We have a nine-man's morris board carved into chalk by prisoners when
Norwich Castle Museum was the county prison. I do have a picture which I
can sent to you.
The board is also carved into the seats of the cloisters of Norwich
I suggest that you get hold of a copy of the Archaeological Journal no.
XLIX (1892) which has an article called 'On the indoor games of school
boys in the middle ages' by J.T. Mickelthwaite. It details several
places where nine-man's morris and fox and geese were made. If you can't
get hold of it let me know and I'll send it to you.
Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service
From: Anne Brundle [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 11 October 2001 09:15
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I need to write a short piece (one paragraph!) about a Nine-Man's
Morris board found lightly-incised on a stone built into the kirkyard
wall at St Magnus Cathedral. The board need not be more than a few
hundred years old, and there is no real way to tell, but I would be
interested to know of any early boards known to Britarchers.
Anne Brundle * Orkney Islands Council
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