An unusual gift arrived at the barrow today with local celebrant Ruth Jewell, in the form of an old shoe. A strange gesture, you may think, however, but after doing some research, it seems that Ruth has contributed with our barrow’s ties to the past, albeit not 5000 years in the past.
As early as the 1300’s people concealed shoes within the structures of buildings. Superstition says that the footware warded off evil spirits, perhaps because the shoe took on the shape of the owners foot, and was thought, therefore, to contain some of the owners spirit. Typically, the hidden shoe belonged to a child, and was usuually hidden in a chimney, wall or roof.
Ruth placed the shoe in the wall on a rainy day, just as the sun began to peep through the clouds…….maybe its working already !