Medieval Graffiti

The project aims to systematically record all ancient graffiti in each Lincolnshire church, using non-invasive methods.

Rood screen carving at Moulton church
Rood screen carving at Moulton church

Until recently, medieval church graffiti has been largely ignored. Most people, including those who regularly visit churches, are unaware of this remarkable and informal art, carved over the centuries into the stone and wood of our religious buildings. Many of the images have secret meanings and significances largely forgotten in modern times.

In 2013, inspired by the work of the ┬áNorfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey, the Lincoln Medieval Graffiti project was formed. We aim to systematically locate and record all the ancient graffiti existing in Lincolnshire’s churches.

Two years into the project, we have visited 160 of the 600 churches in Lincolnshire. Of those, 68 have been fully recorded, with around 70 still in progress and the remaining 22 churches have no graffiti at all. With several hundred churches still on our list, there is plenty of work to be done.

The project is entirely self funded, using trained volunteers. Training is free and with so many churches as yet unrecorded there is likely to be one near you, its secrets just waiting to be unlocked.

Windmill graffiti at Haceby
Windmill graffiti at Haceby
A ship carving at Bassingham
A ship carving at Bassingham
Medieval figure at Great Gonerby church
Medieval figure at Great Gonerby church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For details of how to become a volunteer on this project, please contact Brian Porter

brian.porter@lincolnarchaeology.org.uk