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 which first launched in April 2018 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: email@example.com
Next meeting Tuesday 26th June – doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments. Discussion 7 – 8pm.
Download the Book Club list April-July 2018
Fill in our Book review sheet & bring along to the next club night.
MAY Book club – ‘Fools & Mortals’ by Bernard Cornwell – read our review here
APRIL Book – ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ by Beth Underdown
During our first book club meeting on Tuesday 24th April we chatted about ‘The Witchfinder’s Sister’ by Beth Underdown. Read our TOMBS and TOMES Book Club review here. Our book club venue is Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre, 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 a building.