The History of the Church Bells and their recent restoration
Wildlife on a local farm from otters to owls.
The Writing on the Wall...and the floor, the door and the hearth - continues for another year.
Laxfield & District Museum was very pleased to have a 19th century calf shed door in its folklore exhibition exploring some of the ways people sought to protect themselves and their animals from evil and harm in times gone by. The door has been returned to its owners but we have a facimile in situ.
The door has interesting markings, scribed to protect the animals. It has featured in a number of publications as well as the Ashmolean Museum’s recent exhibition on ritual called Spellbound. Alongside the door, we have further examples from local houses of similar symbols called Apotropaic marks used to keep people safe from any malignant forces such as witches. The display includes Bellarmine Jars, bonnets and shoes found in chimneys and other protective charms.