Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Legend of St. Botolph’s Church, Hadstock

Besides being one of the most beautiful churches in the area, the church of St. Botolph, in Essex, England, has been the focus of a legend for centuries. The legend was that of a Dane who had committed sacrilege was flayed alive and his skin was nailed to the door of the church. Some years ago, when the door was removed for renovations, human skin was found under one of the hinges on the ancient door. The skin was carefully removed, tested and determined to be human, so perhaps there was some truth to the legend! The skin is currently exhibited at the Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden.

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