Historic Graffiti & Apotropaics in the Gloucestershire Churches

A preliminary survey of a random sample of churches in Gloucestershire revealed examples of devotional, commemorative and apotropaic graffiti types. A range of crosses, initials and dates were recorded among ritual protection marks such as compass drawn circles (to invoke the protection of the Virgin Mary), occlusive or ‘barring’ symbols and merels applied to provide magical protection to the buildings.

This talk will be made live in person for GlosArch and simultaneously broadcast on Zoom although places are limited and registration required. It has been made free of charge to the public by the National Lottery. GlosArch website: http://glosarch.org.uk/groupevents.html. Registration/details: phil.cox@doctors.org.uk

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