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Monday, 19 October 2015, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Museum of London

Ritual Protection Marks and Witchcraft at Knole, Kent

James Wright


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An historic building survey at Knole, Kent enabled a very surprising revelation about the history of the house in the early 17th century. A series of symbols beneath the floorboards carved by the carpenters working at the house were intended to protect the building from possession by witches, demons and evil spirits. Further research showed that the symbols were related to James I, witch trials and the Gunpowder Plot.

Part of the Mondays at One Archaeology Series.

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James is one of MOLA's Built Heritage Specialists and an in-house stone expert.

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19 October 2015

Ritual Protection Marks and Witchcraft at Knole, Kent
James Wright

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