Strange Magic article in Archeology Magazine about a 17th-century shoe found in the wall of an office in one of the colleges at Oxford ~ so “Little Miss Know-It-All” was prepared. The Oxford (England) shoe was a wellworn workman’s show from the 18th century, placed there during the original construction. Apparently, the European custom of concealing a shoe in a wall during construction dates back to at least the 1300s. A museum in England has some thousand shoes, mostly from the 19th century. They’ve been found everywhere, from private dwellings, to pubs and monasteries and public buildings.
It’s thought that concealing a shoe during construction, usually around the hearth, a doorway, or a foundation, was meant as a charm against ghosts, evil spirits and witches. After all, these are the entries most likely frequented by suSTILL LIFE PET PORTRAITS LANDSCAPE/SCENES
Tidewater Times June 2017