Friday, 3 October 2014

Grooving with arrows at Alrewas

Wall of Alrewas Church

Erosion?  No. In fact this grooving into the wall of Alrewas Church is another example of a habit of medievel times - that of sharpening your arrow-heads using the friable stone of a church building.  
Men were required by law to practise their archery skills regularly, and would meet by the church to do it.  So why not use the church wall as a form of whet-stone at the same time?!

There's another example at Checkley.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard of this tradition... but it seems a bit disrespectful of church walls.