St Cross’s Really Old Scratchiti
In one of the choir stalls in the church at St Cross Hospital (just outside of Winchester), we found some really really old scratchiti (i.e. graffiti that’s been scratched). Some of it is dated, some is not. But I was really impressed by the skills — this is no casual “George was here” scratched into the wood. These took time and effort … and probably more time. Obviously these men were educated, with good penmanship and a sense of design. Most of the scratchings were names or initials — either of their own (assumably) or the chapter master. But one really stood out. It’s a picture of a carriage being held up by a bandit! How cool is that? The informational book at the site said the scratchings date from the 1530s.