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Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Orford Castle – an update and unexpected response from English Heritage relating to Laura’s discovery
A couple of months have passed since our visit to Orford
Castle back in August, which have proved eventful on many levels.
Our visit appears to have left its mark upon Laura, with
more information coming to her on a regular basis, even though we haven’t been
anywhere near the castle since.
This stream of information subsequently led to a further
visit over the weekend, which we will write about in another post in the near
future, but there have been far more interesting developments in respect of
Laura’s discovery at the Castle back in August, which we briefly touched upon
in our blog about our visit at the time (click here).
To recap, this is what we wrote:
“Whilst she was
in the chamber, Laura suddenly felt that she had to go to a particular location
in the Keep to find ‘something’. The feeling was very intense and conveyed a
matter of urgency in the task – she needed to find ‘it’.
Well Room, Laura returned to the Lower Hall and found herself entering one of
the side chambers. Travelling to the end of the short passage, she looked up
and immediately spotted her goal.”
The petroglyph, outlined in red.
Laura’s ‘goal’, we can now reveal, was what we
interpreted as a ‘hand print’ (a petroglyph), carved into the stonework of the
garderobe in the lower hall.
The print fitted Laura’s right hand perfectly, an exact
copy, as if Laura’s hand had been the blueprint, at the risk of stretching the
point too far.
As Laura pressed hard into the handprint, a secret door
to a hidden room slowly opened....
Sadly, no matter how hard we pushed into the handprint,
no secret chamber was revealed.........
As we have previously stated, we didn’t wish to publicise
the find at the time as we could find no reference to it anywhere, in any of
the reference works about the Castle or even online and, we were very conscious
that our interpretation could have been mistaken, although we were very confident
in what Laura found.
We subsequently entered into correspondence with English
Heritage about Laura’s find, who, having referred the matter to their team
in East Anglia, advised that they were very excited about Laura’s discovery and,
confirmed that it was indeed a hand print.
Furthermore, they had referred the matter to Dr Marc
Morris, respected historian, author, broadcaster (Channel Four’s Castle) and authority on East Anglian Castles,
who also advised that he’d never seen this before and kindly recommended further
reading material on the subject.
Needless to say, we have not revealed to English Heritage
how Laura came to discover the hand print, other than she just did, but, in
private correspondence, English Heritage also informed us of other features in the
Castle that were not currently in the public domain. These are of great
interest to us and possibly links into our ongoing research.
Taking a step back for a moment, I guess what we’ve
described here is how Laura, via some unknown means (we’ll stop short of using
the term psychic), has discovered a previously unrecorded feature of a 900 year
old Castle, that has been validated by English Heritage.
Food for thought.
As we mentioned at the start of our update, our research
into the Castle is ongoing and, we may possibly have a further ‘discovery’ made
by Laura to discuss, although we will need to have additional discussions with
English Heritage first before we will reveal further details.