E.J.Wilkins

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The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


Scratchings

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?

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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.
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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.
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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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The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


Scratchings

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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comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Oct 2008, 02:29
Just random, naturally occurring marks on the stone, and they happen by coincidence to look like the first successful proof of "cold fusion"...hopefully some modern-day Isaac Newton is a regular visitor to your photoblog, Ellie.
EJWilkins: It may be completely random, but I like to think there's something deeper. I doubt I'll ever know, but it won't stop me asking wink
Whatever it is, you managed to catch it with the right lighting to give this nice depth to the image. Well done Ellie.
EJWilkins: It isn't something that's readily visible to somebody walking in through the gate because it's mostly shaded, hard to get a 'decent' picture.
You pointed this out to me when we were there Ellie. It could be something to do with the heavens & the roation of the earth
EJWilkins: I like to think so, although I'm sure somebody who really knows about such things would shoot my theory down in flames.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Oct 2008, 09:18
Looks very celestial to me - an early teaching aid perhaps.
EJWilkins: I thought that, sort of, until I remembered that these are alms houses where the elderly live. There isn't a school directly associated with the premises.
It certainly looks like some astronomical drawing to me. They were clever in those days, without the use of telescopes and what not that we have today.
EJWilkins: That's something we keep forgetting, also the skies were clearer then and not all the residents will have been poorly educated.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Oct 2008, 10:25
Guess 1: Someone had nothing else to do

Guess 2: One kid was explaning the rules of the game to another

Guess 3: The formula to Astrix's magic potion written down by Getafix for posterity
EJWilkins: I think, on balance, I rather like guess 3 grin
No doubt some knowledgeable professor would profess to know all about this Ellie. Anyway it makes a very interesting picture.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 25 Oct 2008, 10:41
Vandals even then, Ellie? No doubt such outrage was dealt with more vigorously than it is these days!
EJWilkins: There's actually quite a lot of graffiti there of the more usual kind - initials deeply carved into the stones. There's also a Nine Men's Morris board in a corner of the seat in the porch of the Brethren's Hall.
There is a similarity with this as with crop circles. It's all very mysterious.
EJWilkins: Yes, it's very mysterious
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 25 Oct 2008, 15:02
Nicely captured, and extremely interesting accompanying text. Has to be celestial
EJWilkins: It would be good if it was.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Oct 2008, 15:13
Yes, a very interesting, mysterious wall carving! Chris could be right, the whole cosmos according the former knowledge could be depictured, I see crescent, sun, earth (but the newly found Nebra- Himmelsscheibe/Halle looks rather different), or is it a kind of cross (crusader's cross?) with the four cardinal points and Jerusalem as the centre of the earth? It might be not any labyrinth or hell circles or swear signs. I assume there have been some research rsults about this carving published? There seem some letters/words have been written on the wall. I would like to know more!
EJWilkins: I can't remember the dates the planets were identified, but I'm sure somebody out there does know. Yes, Crusaders came to St Cross for their last vigil before leaving the country via Southampton or Portsmouth, so there could be that link too - interesting theory Philine.
As far as I know there's no written research relating to this piece of "graffiti"
Wow, it looks like it would be hard to make those engravings in that rock! Interesting mistery Ellie!
EJWilkins: The rock is very hard, so it would have taken quite some time to make this.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Oct 2008, 19:31
it looks rather like a Powerpoint slide that was the last thing to register on my brain before I slipped into unconsciousness at last week's team meeting
EJWilkins: Ah, but can you remember why they showed you the slide? wink
  • richard knight
  • United States
  • 2 Oct 2009, 14:06
there are two similar carvings in royston cave made by templars that are also a puzzle.

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