Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Bridge Cottage! Take a look at the witch marks carved into our fire surround here during the 16/17th Century.

Do you notice the Apotropaic designs, more commonly known as ‘ritual protection marks’ or ‘witch marks’. They aren’t in any way associated with witchcraft directly, despite the name, but were designed to ward off evil. These were carved 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.

Do you have any witch marks in your historic home?

More info here: https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/halloween/