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Witch marks and Victorian graffiti at St Mary’s

Local historian interprets the etchings in stonework


Image: Markings in the stonework at St Mary's church, North Mymms Image by Mike Allen - 2019
Markings above the entrance to the boiler room at St Mary's
Image by Mike Allen - 2019
Mystery surrounds markings etched into the stonework at St Mary’s church, North Mymms.

Could they be early graffiti, or could they be apotropaic marks, designed to ward off evil spirits and witches?

Image: Markings in the stonework at St Mary's church, North Mymms Image by Mike Allen - 2019
Marking on door surround to old vestry at St Mary's church
Image by Mike Allen - 2019
Image: Markings in the stonework at St Mary's church, North Mymms Image by Mike Allen - 2019
Markings on the left hand side of the west door at St Mary's
Image by Mike Allen - 2019

Local historian, archivist and photographer, Mike Allen, one of the team behind the North Mymms History Project and the man responsible for the Images of North Mymms collection, has been photographing and researching the marks for his North Mymms Notes, embedded below.






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