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kevin payne

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Re: Mysterious Carvings in Old Churches
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2010, 17:24:46 »
hi alastair,i think originally it was quite ornate,but it may have become a bit worn in recent years,i'll try and find out for you,regards,kevin.

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Re: Mysterious Carvings in Old Churches
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2010, 16:37:13 »
Kevin, is the engraving a professional job or a roughly scratched one, do you know?
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Re: Mysterious Carvings in Old Churches
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2010, 22:31:04 »
At temple manor in strood,there's an ancient engraing in the vaults of a crusader ship,a ship that would have coveyed knights templar to the holy lands,sorry i dont have any photos.

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Re: Mysterious Carvings in Old Churches
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2010, 17:05:47 »
Yes Ellenkate they are :-)

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Re: Mysterious Carvings in Old Churches
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2010, 16:52:30 »

I have seen the 'scratched' images of ships inside St Martgarets at Cliffe church, on a pillar I think.

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Re: Mysterious Carvings in Old Churches
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2010, 16:50:31 »
Surely that would count as desecration, John? Also the ships shown are not those used for smuggling, they're bigger, sea-going ones.
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Re: Mysterious Carvings in Old Churches
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 18:07:41 »
Hi Alastair

If the churches are near the coast might be to do with fishing perhaps?

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Mysterious Carvings in Old Churches
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 16:47:05 »
Has anyone come across old carvings of ships in mediaeval churches? I don't mean craftsman done, these are crudely scratched into pillars. I was told about some in St Leonard's in Deal, so went to have a look and they appear to be of 12th or 13th century cogboats. As religion was taken extremely seriously then, it would hardly be the work of mediaeval vandals - they would have been hung for less - I reckon there was a purpose to them. I thought of the Crusades, blessings on the ships that went, sort of thing, but a local archaeologist said that the church was built a few years too late for the Crusades.
I hear there's s
ome in the Church at St Margaret's as well though I haven' t seen them.
Anyone got any theories?
Alastair

 

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