[Bell Historians] Tower graffiti

Dennis Powney dennis.powney at l...
Thu Jul 10 18:31:41 BST 2003

At St Nicholas, Bromham, Wilts, there are outlines of boot/shoes carved into
the lead near to the door leading from the ringing chamber. One, complete
with a profile of a (his?) face is signed by Homer Wheeler and dated 1908.
Homer's name appears once again at the church. His name is on the war
memorial; he gave his life in the great war, in 1918. I have no proof that
Homer was a ringer.
Dennis Powney.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Humphrey" <humphrey.peter at b...>
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Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 12:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Tower graffiti

> On Monday 07 July 2003 05:57, Carl S Zimmerman wrote:
> > Do you know of anyone who has researched the sociology of church
> > tower graffiti?
> I can't help directly, but it may be interesting to note that the lead
> sheeting on the tower roof at Wetton, Staffordshire Moorlands, has
> outlines of boots impressed into it. These were apparently made by scoring
> lightly around the boot and then decorating the interior by pressing in a
> nail or something similar.
> I photographed a number of these footprints a year ago, but I don't know
> what happened to the prints or the negatives. A sample of the lead
> is to be mounted for display locally, being replaced during the current
> refurbishment.
> --
> Rgds
> Peter R Humphrey
> Buxton, Derbyshire, UK.
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