In my experience of wandering around the roofs of medieval churches,
these foor / shoe graffiti are very common, usually cut in the lead of
the roof. They also seem to be quite common on lead roofs on secular
buildings: there are quite a few on Kingsweston Court in Bristol for
example. Why shoes is not clear to me: the phrase 'set foot here' is not
dissimilar to 'Kilroy was here' is it (except far older)
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And so linked to shoe finds in chimneys and under doorways?
Article on page 33 (file takes a while to download though)
Northamptonshire had a large shoe industry, didn't it? That would link
the two ideas nicely, and might explain the interior detailing!
On 13/12/2010 09:25, Ian Evans wrote:
> Shoe-shaped graffiti
> My take on these, and on the shoe shapes scratched into lead flashing
> church rooves is that these were apotropaic symbols and were placed
> for protection from evil spiritual forces. In the case of bridges
> often traverse dangerous waterways the need for protection is clear.
> Ian Evans
> University of Newcastle
>> Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 23:41:59 -0000
>> From: Adam - Aerial-Cam<[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Shoe-shaped graffiti
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>> Hello Jonathan
>> I am aware of some examples which I have photographed at the
>> Liverpool ( Victorian phase of art on prehistoric decorated stones)
>> the parapets of bridges in Herefordshire. The latter seemingly
>> individuals (initials carved within the shoe shape) walking on top of
>> parapet across the bridge.
>> I will send links to images later.
>> Kindest Regards
>> Adam Stanford
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jonathan Russell
>> Sent: Sunday, December 12, 2010 8:41 PM
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>> Subject: [BRITARCH] Shoe-shaped graffiti
>> On the top of Trafford Bridge in Northamptonshire (SP 518 478) there
>> numerous shoe-shaped carvings, some with interior detail.
>> I have seen something similar in the porch of Chesterton Church,
>> Warwickshire, on the surface of the stone seating there - although
>> simpler, without any interior detail.
>> Does anyone have any knowledge of such designs?
>> Some images of the Trafford Bridge 'shoes' are at:
>> I am a non-professional, just curious about the subject.
>> Jonathan Russell
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