Finds from buildings can be divided into three categories
- Items left in buildings because they were lost, forgotten or unwanted.
- Items deliberately deposited in a building. This deposit being thought to confer protection to the building or its inhabitants.
- Marks deliberately made in the fabric of the building during its period of use. These might be:
- Marks with a practical use. e.g. scratch dials/ mass dials
- Marks thought to have some supernatural influence; these were often seen as protecting the building.
A dog-handled “folk art” walking stick
A dog-handled ‘folk art’ walking stick with a full length fox hunting scene dating from the reign of King George IV. Found in an attic in Blackpool read more…
A ‘hidden cache’ of items were found in the chimney of a house in Charney Bassett. The fireplace had been boarded up, and was opened up when the house was renovated. The fireplace and chimney would appear to date from the early 17th century, although part of the building is almost certainly older. It is the same chimney that read more…
These are marks on the fabric of buildings that are meant to protect the building from spiritual evil. They majority appear to date from the 16th to the 18th century. In some cases they have been made by the craftsman who constructed the building, in other cases they appear to have been made by the users of the building. The buildings may be ecclesiastical, domestic or read more…
James Thatcher Jug 1773
Bill Thatcher contacted our history website as his ancestor, John Thatcher, was born in 1773 in Charney, though lived most of his life until his death aged 82 in nearby Fyfield.
However, as part of his research he came across a dated creamware jug on the Bonhams website. It is embossed with ‘James Thatcher Charney. 1773’ it sold in 2012 for £875. It’s existence would suggest James, at least, was not at the very bottom of the social scale in those days.