The Sanctuary Knocker, Durham Cathedral

THEYS, Freddy. The Sanctuary Knocker, Durham Cathedral.

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THEYS, Freddy. The Sanctuary Knocker, Durham Cathedral.

Original contemporary copper plate etching, signed by the artist, edition 17/45, 1982.. 350 x 310 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.

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