Historic Grafitti in St Lawrence Church

8 Mar 2018
By Rosemary Winson

Have you bought your tickets for an event on Friday 16 March organised by The Friends of St Lawrence Church? Jamie Ingram from the University of Southampton will be giving an illustrated talk about historic graffifi found in churches, including examples discovered during a survey of St Lawrence Church undertaken last summer. The venue is the Reading Room and the talk will begin at 7.30 pm.

Historians and archaeologists alike are taking an interest in centuries-old graffiti carved into the stonework and woodwork of historic buildings and members of the National Trust or Historic England may have noticed an increasing interest in the subject. 


St Lawrence Church has many examples of this historic graffiti and Jamie Ingram's talk promises to provide a fascinating interpretation of its significance. Some of the graffiti is in the form of initial letters or numerals: other forms are illustrated here. 

Tickets priced at £8 for members of the Friends, £10 non-members.are now available from Terry Ereira. The ticket price includes a glass of wine and nibbles, to be served after the talk.

The Friends of St Lawrence Church is a Trust which has been set up to preserve the fabric of the church buildings, generally ensuring that St Lawrence Church remains a valued and cherished asset in our community. None of the money raised goes towards any costs associated purely with the church services, it is only spent on maintenance.

If you are interested  in joining the Friends, click here for details

The images shown here were both taken in St Lawrence Church, one in the porch to the left of the door, the other just inside the church door on the right.