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The Skull Cupboard

By Philip_H
This is the first of a Hallowe'en related series.

Kicking things off is the skull cupboard at the ancient parish church of St Cuthbert, Elsdon, Northumberland.

When the church was being restored in 1877 the skulls of three horses were discovered inside the spire that surmounts the quaint little bell-turret. They may possibly have been placed there as part of an old pagan custom in which the sacrifice of a horse was an act of sanctification or as a protection against lightening or to improve the acoustics! They are now displayed in a small cabinet at the west end of the church.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Old Meets New'.

Best wishes,
Philip

Tags: Northumberland Flash General Halloween Cabinet Skulls St cuthbert Cupboard Parish church Elsdon Horse skulls

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ColleenA Plus
10 503 8 Australia
25 Oct 2013 5:53PM
An interesting narrative and image Phillip...
Nikonuser1 Plus
10 172 16 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2013 6:01PM
Great intro Philip, very interesting imageSmile


Cliff
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
25 Oct 2013 6:11PM
What a gruesome custom, Philip, I wonder why it had to be a horse? Rather too well captured for a horse-lover like myself Grin Carol
Hermanus 10 4 South Africa
25 Oct 2013 6:32PM
Amazing info on this intriguing image PhilipGrin
Jasper87 Plus
12 3.1k 162 England
25 Oct 2013 6:43PM
'To improve the acoustics' .... intriguing. No expence spared in the display either Smile Well found, Philip.

Dave
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
25 Oct 2013 6:47PM
Very unusual Phil. Never heard of anything like this before.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
Philip_H 10 1.5k United Kingdom
25 Oct 2013 7:24PM

Quote:'To improve the acoustics' .... intriguing. No expence spared in the display either Smile Well found, Philip.

Dave



Not as daft as it sounds, Dave. High up in the chancel walls of the parish church of St Andrew, Lyddington, Rutland there are some ceramic jars, installed in mediaeval times to improve the acoustics of the building. St Andrew's Church is still noted for its acoustics and is much in demand for concerts and for making recordings.

PSmile
taggart Plus
17 47 15 United States
25 Oct 2013 10:39PM
A fascinating story---- i have heard of dead cats entombed in buildings-- also old shoes-- Why not a horse?


did not now they could sing tho!
Franko59 11 3 2 England
26 Oct 2013 3:12PM
Spooky!! Well processed!!,, Ian
Rende 15 38 4 Netherlands
27 Oct 2013 3:59PM
Really interesting find Philip. I stumbled across a similar cupboard in a small church in Gavarnie which contained 5 or 6 skulls of Templars.
Rende

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