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33 New Road, Sawston

Witchcraft and Apotropaic Markings in Sawston



A series of Witches’ marks or Apotropaic Markings (for a definition see the below link) were found at this site.

These markings date possibly from the early twentieth century. They are intended to ward off witches and evil spirits, such as the ‘Daisy wheels, or hexafoils’.

Whilst the inhabitants, and possible  engravers of these symbols, came from Whittlesey, Sawston itself had an existing history of witchcraft in the village. For instance, at St Mary’s Sawston


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