The use of markings on the building fabric or hidden objects, with the apparent aim of protecting the building and its inhabitants.
Brian Hoggard describes and explains the history of house protection magic in Britain. Photographs of artefacts are presented and explanations for their use discussed.
A "witch bottle" dated to c.1830 is discovered buried in foundations in the Lincolnshire village of Navenby.
An illustrated article on witch bottles and their use, in particular one found buried in a ruined house at Reigate, just south of London.
The Textile Conservation Centre at the University of Southampton explores the folk tradition of concealing objects in the fabric of buildings. Includes a database of garment finds.
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