Graffiti Heaven, Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

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When I started to take photos of Lyveden New Bield in Northamptonshire on Bank Holiday Monday, I realised that nearly every smooth stone of the building was covered in graffiti.  Graffiti fascinates me, the oldest I found is the shield 1681, there are some older ones, but as it was pouring in rain and unfortunately the house never did get a roof, so it really was point and press.  There is a story that a farmer use to rent out a chisel and hammer for sightseers to carve their names in the stones, of course this was a long time ago.  When you start to look you see such wonderful names that have now long disappeared and there are a few birds, not sure why, must be a reason, and most of the graffiti is so neat.

A post of the house will follow shortly.

From our visit August 2014.

5 Replies to “Graffiti Heaven, Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire”

  1. What a lovely story! It’s like a time capsule in terms of graffiti. The lives of ordinary people, instead of the rich and great. When you think about it, it’s like the opposite of a graveyard – people carved their own marks, all in this one place, over the centuries.

  2. Brilliant, loved the way you captured the old time inscriptions form the past, ever been to the Breurs Temple in Lincoln, you would love it there?

    1. Many thanks, I just love the idea that someone stood and chiselled out their name hundreds of years ago. No I haven’t been to Breurs Temple, but its on the list now 🙂

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