Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre – Book Club

TOMBS & TOMES  – Meet the last Tuesday every month

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? Come and join our new book club launching in April during our first Literary Festival. Our members will read a book from our carefully selected list of historical fiction. We will meet to chat about our thoughts and the themes of each book here at Bridge Cottage in Uckfield on the last Tuesday of every month. Join up:

First Book Club meet on Tuesday 24th April – doors open 6.30pm for refreshments.  Discussion 7-8pm

Download the Book Club list April-July 2018

Join our Facebook Group: Bridge Cottage Book Club – TOMBS & TOMES

APRIL Book – ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ by Beth Underdown

Read a review of our APRIL book ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ by Beth Underdown here.  Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre is a 15th Wealden Hall house, which is steeped in history and intrigue – the perfect setting to discuss this fictional historical novel.  Here we have our own links to the when the belief in witchcraft and the supernatural was widespread. We have carved within the fire surround of our hall some ‘Witch marks’.  These magical symbols and ritual objects were a common part of life from around the 16th to the early 19th century.  Witches’ marks – ritual protection symbols or apotropaic marks – can be found carved into the fabric of many historic places, from medieval churches and houses, just like ours.

They aren’t in any way associated with witchcraft directly, despite the name, but were designed to ward off evil. These marks (pictured above) were carved here during 16/17th Century. Typically they are found in around entrance-ways and portals to the house, and especially above fireplaces. Whilst the doors could be closed, offering some form of security, the chimney was always open, and therefore vulnerable. These marks added a level of spiritual security to those inside.

Come and see our WITCH MARKS during our first Book Club meet – 24th April, doors open 6.30pm for refreshments.

Fill in our Book review sheet & bring along to the next club night.


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