Ritual Protection Marks and Witchcraft

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Date / time
19 October, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Museum of London

Ritual Protection Marks and Witchcraft

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.

This is a free public lecture by James Wright, Built Heritage Specialist, Museum of London Archaeology. There is no need to book for this lecture – it will be run on a “first come, first served” basis. All information is available on the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ritual-protection-marks-and-witchcraft-at-knole-kent