THEYS, Freddy. The Sanctuary Knocker, Durham Cathedral.
Original contemporary copper plate etching, signed by the artist, edition 182/200, 1982. 270 x 200 mm.
The Sanctuary Knocker is an ornamental knocker on the door of a cathedral. Under medieval English common law, these instruments supposedly afforded the right of asylum to anybody who touched them. By 1623, the laws permitting church sanctuary had been overturned by parliament.