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Documenting Medieval graffiti in England’s churches


A new project is underway in England to record medieval graffiti in England’s churches.

Whereas in the modern era graffiti is often considered destructive and a plain nuisance, in medieval times it was an “acceptable thing to do”, according to Mr Champion.

He said medieval graffiti had largely remained unscathed and only symbols of heraldry tended to be rubbed away.

Compass-drawn designs are among the most common types of inscriptions recorded in medieval parish churches.

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Story: Neil Heath, BBC News | Photo: Lincolnshire Medieval Graffiti Project

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  1. We get so carried away using bona fide records from official royal, legal and military sources, we forget there is a whole world out there of records from ordinary people. So this is a cool project.

    But the historians still need to be scholarly when it comes to analysing the material. I would not like to leap to any conclusions about “beneath the Christian veneer, was an older tradition still being actively pursued, perhaps in a deliberately subversive way?” without some great evidence.

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