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.

2 comments:

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

    The textures of the indentations look quite interesting!

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

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