We were continuing our stroll around St. Pancras Station for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked who the statue of the Poet Laureate was of and the answer is
Sir John Betjeman
For this week if you walked next door to St. Pancras and into King's Cross Station you could catch a train to this northern city. The Sanctuary Knocker is on the door of the city's famous cathedral. It is a replica of of one that was placed on the door in the medieval times. If you had committed what was deemed to be 'a great offence' such as murder in self-defence or breaking out of prison you could come and knock on the door. At the time there would have been two chambers above the door where monks would have taken turns to keep watch for anyone coming to seek sanctuary whatever the time of day. A bell would have been rung to announce their arrival and the sanctuary seeker would have been allowed in and then dressed in a black robe with a yellow St. Cuthbert’s Cross sewn onto it. From this moment they would have 37 days in order to sort out their affairs by either standing trial or escaping via the nearest port. During their time within the cathedral the sanctuary seekers would be housed in a separate area away from the rest of the cathedral. They would be provided with food, drink and bedding free of charge.
The Right to Sanctuary within the cathedral was abolished in 1624 as Parliament decreed, “that no sanctuary or privilege of sanctuary shall be hereafter allowed in any case”. The original Sanctuary Knocker can be found in a exhibition within the cathedral. This week's question is
Where can the Sanctuary Knocker be found?
We were joined last week by Betty who has been finding the green in the New Zealand winter. In Lanzarote Cheryl has been taking a trip on the yellow submarine. At Susan's sparkly nails were needed after booster injections. Anne has been putting some colour into her garden. There has been meetings with Peter Andre for Kara plus a choice of directions. Having a play with photography was Kelly. Finally, Sue has been finding the passion in purple plants.
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