Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Arrows make grooves

Checkley Church arrow-head markings

These puzzling marks scratched into the side of the wall at Checkley Church have quite a story to tell.

They are indentations left by archers of old, who were required by ancient law to practise their deadly craft once a week within the grounds of their local church.
What these generations of bowmen did was to use the same spots to sharpen up their arrow-heads, and so wore the scratches into grooves.


  1. Now that's something I would have never known!

    The textures of the indentations look quite interesting!

  2. I'll have to keep an eye out on churches for this, it would also mean the Butts were close by.