Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Stone mason's marks, re-used stones and medieval graffiti

When walking around a medieval church or cathedral, a historian is only one step from heaven in more ways than one. On public display carved in the actual stone and wood, is a written record of the workmen that built the temples, churches and cathedrals, and a record of the people who worshipped in them. Here are a few photos that show stone mason's marks of various kinds, re-used stones from older buildings and medieval graffiti; the names and initials of the many people who have passed through the doors before us. The above photo is of the doorway of St Saviour's Church in Stydd near Ribchester, a 13th century church that was acquired by the Knights Hospitallers.

The doorway of St Saviour's in Stydd, near Ribchester. The church is constructed with rubble and possible 'robbed' stone from nearby Ribchester which was a Roman fort.

What looks like a stone slab showing a cross within a circle can be found near the farm gate opposite St Saviour's.

A Roman altar found in the Roman Museum in Ribchester.

A window from St Wilfrid's in Ribchester, a 13th century church, showing Solomon's Seal in the top window.

A re-used decorative stone at the bottom wall of St Wilfrid's Church.

Another re-used decorative stone at the bottom of the church.

A stone mason's mark from inside the church.

One of the many different styles of stone mason's marks that decorate the stones of the church.

A stone mason's mark in the shape of a cross.

A medieval grave slab from St Wilfrid's.

A strange face looks down on the Parishioners....

All photos taken with permission by Dr David Harrison

© Dr David Harrison 2016

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