Slightly straying from the original topic, whilst I was HER Officer at North Yorkshire we received information about some similar tree carved graffiti, but this appeared to date to World War II and in particular to a Polish Armoured unit stationed in the area - cant remember if I actually got this onto the HER (might have still been in my to do pile when I left) but thought it might be of tangential interest
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tracy Matthews
Sent: 15 July 2010 12:13
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Medieval Church graffiti
A second interesting possibility was one I believe I discovered myself, but
how much I am right I'm not sure.
On a visit to Old Sarum just outside Salisbury, Wiltshire a few weekends ago
I was interested in where a footpath led from the ruins of the original
Salisbury Cathedral. The pat led to a drop to a stream, but I was
captivated by a huge old tree with "lord of the rings" style above ground
root system. I took a few photos of this old granddad of a tree which
looked to me to be part of an ancient woodland. I wouldn't like to estimate
the age of the tree but it was certainly more than a few centuries old in a
rough guess. On closer inspection I was intrigued by the carvings in the
tree , some new and clear carvings, but many old carvings that had since
started to be re-encompassed into the bark of the tree. Some of the
carvings were in a textual font that I would call Elizabethan/Medieval but
they were very faint. I did report my findings to the people on site from
English heritage. Definitely classed as pretty old graffiti in my opinion
and worth a possible look if passing.
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