RHLSTP | Richard Herring

James Wright

21 June 2024

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Historic Building Mythbusting

Richard talks to archaeologist and trained stonemason James Wright about his terrific book busting some of the myths about ancient buildings. They chat about why people wrongly believe that spiral staircases are often clockwise, how castles were bling rather than defensive, why you can't trust anything written on a pub, why stonemasons carved grotesque and pornographic sculptures on churches (and pre-empted one of Richard's best known emergency questions), what the marks left on buildings might have meant and why the truth in most of these cases is far more interesting than the lies.

Visit James' website - https://triskeleheritage.triskelepublishing.com/mythbustingtour/

Buy the book here - https://uk.bookshop.org/p/books/historic-building-mythbusting-uncovering-folklore-history-and-archaeology-james-wright/7633234?ean=9781803994475