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Sheila-na-gig figure in the wall of St Peter's church, Torksey



Reference Name MLI50792

Name:
Sheila-na-gig figure in the wall of St Peter's church, Torksey

Summary:
Sheila-na-gig figure in the wall of St Peter's church, Torksey

Location:
TORKSEY, WEST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
PRN 50792
A medieval sheila-na-gig carving is re-used in the south wall of the nave of St Peter's church. The carving is about 2 ft. high and originally came from the ruins of St Mary's church. It was moved to its current location in 1821. It was initially believed to be a Romano-British carving, possibly a mutilated effigy of the Sun-god or Mercury. {1}{2}
A similar carving at St John the Baptist's church in Great Hale (PRN 64469) is believed to be of late medieval date. It appears to have also been initially mis-interpreted as Romano-British. {3}

Sources:
1 Index: Torksey SMR File. TORKSEY. SK 87 NW: AJ
2 Index: Ordnance Survey. Torksey O.S. Cards. TORKSEY. SK 87 NW: 2
3 Article in serial: Everson, P. and Stocker, D.. 2001. "Sex, self-censorship and the Anglo-Saxonist" in Lincolnshire Past and Present. vol. 42, pp 3-6

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