David Morgan

David Morgan

Posted on 10/09/2016


Photo taken on September 20, 2016



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Sanctuary

Sanctuary
The knocker on Durham Cathedral’s northern door, known as the Sanctuary Knocker, played an important part in the Cathedral’s
history.

Those who ‘had committed a great offence,’ such as murder in self-defence or breaking out of prison, could rap the knocker,
and would be given 37 days of sanctuary within which they could try to reconcile with their enemies or plan their escape.

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La Luna
La Luna
Fascinating! Reminds me a bit of Jacob Marley's face on the door knocker in 'A Christmas Carol'. Very appropo of the season!
14 months ago.
David Morgan has replied to La Luna
Hi, Melinda, I can't recall your vision, but it's an interesting comparison.
I wish 'Jacob Marley's face' could have spoken to me of the things it has seen, .....now that would be even more interesting, wouldn't it?

I took a pic of this many years ago, long before the magic of digital photography, but lost it.
It looks just as I remember it, except, (if you'll pardon the pun) even more 'well handled'. :o)
14 months ago.
La Luna
La Luna
Ha ha! It's a great shot, David. Yes, I imagine it has seen much in its time :-)
14 months ago.