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Signals from the North#4

Signals from the North#4

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Elsdon & St Cuthbert's Church, Northumberland

This episode of Signals from the North includes reportage from the lawless land of Redesdale and an investigative reporting masterclass

There was a commonly known practice in Ireland and Wales to bury horse skulls within the foundations of buildings and homes. Buried under the floor and in the recess of walls or located by the hearth or fireplace the skulls offered sanctification and protection against evil spirits. The practice had it's roots within a pagan, pre-christian tradition. The specific burial of horse skulls was not a common practice in England.

In 1877 during excavations at St Cuthbert's Church in Elsdon, Northumberland three horse skulls were found standing on their bases in a triangular form, mouths upwards, leaning against each other. The skulls were discovered in a small chamber within the old spire that was located over the bell turret.