25 Oct 2008 • 1,117 views
The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
Some people might say these aren't strictly "shadows", but these scratchings / carvings / graffiti, wouldn't show up at all without the help of a sideways light source.
This little historical "what-is-it puzzle" is on the gateway opposite the Porter's door at St Cross.
Nobody seems to know what exactly it is, although it's presumed to be some sort of graffiti that would have taken quite some time to carve into the stone.
Perhaps they're casual, perhaps they were caused by some gate mechanism in the forgotten past, perhaps somebody was trying to work out the mystery of the solar system or it might have been a game of some sort - who knows? ... What's your best guess?
Those of you who are regular visitors to my site will know of my enchantment with The Hospital of St Cross in Winchester.
Founded between 1132 and 1136 by Henry of Blois, St Cross is England's oldest charitable institution. It is non-secular, the residents are elderly lay-people from the local community.
If you would like to see more of my pictures of St Cross please look - here -
If you like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.
If you like my pictures, perhaps you might like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps - St Cross receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on donations.
Please look here http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm
for more information..
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