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Very excited...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Nellyfuf2, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Lead commenter

    We just had some horrible, truly horrible, artex removed from the top landing beam. Think Yule Log and then some. It was horrible. The ceiling was horribly artexed too.
    So afterwards we saw the wooden beam in all its battered and scarred glory.
    There were some odd marks. Like inverted v shapes overlapping. Spectacles. Other marks. Scratched or in one place burned into the beam.
    Well I just did a quick search for "marks on old beams'. And I found that these are classic protection marks, to ward off evil and witchcraft. Apotropaic marks.
    Our house was built between 1750 and 1820 ish. We have not been able to find out when.
    It really is quite exciting.
    Bentley89, InkyP, tsarina and 7 others like this.
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Does it have woodworm

    When you get the marks translated it will say "Kilroy woz ere"
    towncryer, racroesus and Marshall like this.
  3. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Lead commenter

    Yes there are a few woodworm holes. It's an old house. It will stand for a bit longer.
    It has had a lot of wear and tear.
    And artex.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Lead commenter

  5. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    We downsized from a beautiful Victorian cottage with beans, etc 4 years ago and I really miss the beans. We had lived there for 28 years and had to move because of husbands ill-health. In our bungalow (which is OK) we have artex everywhere. In our bedroom we have 3 different types of anaglypta! Slowly working through getting rid of it.

    I share your excitement!
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  6. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    well, it might not be that at all, the V shaped scratches and burns are often to make the airtex stick

    We've got quite a few old beams which have been treated in this way before airtex or plaster was applied

    lso, even the earliest date for your house sounds likely to be after any liklihood of marks made to protect from witchcraft.

    If I could see your attachment, I would be able to tell you if the marks are the same as ours
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Can't you plant some where you are?
  8. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    can you try and add your picture again?
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  9. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Lead commenter

    Can you see it now. The beam was covered in lath then plastered and then artex was added to it. So not scored for the purpose of artexing. Only in one or two places as well.
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  10. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    You need to be careful with Artex. It contains asbestos.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  11. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Lead commenter

  12. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    The combination of the mini box with a cross in (IMG) and your signature made me smile.

    Nope - still can't see it.

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  13. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Lead commenter

    Yes old artex is nasty stuff. Best covered up really. But we have removed it before. And there are some bits that just fall off sometimes.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  14. serenitypolly41

    serenitypolly41 Occasional commenter

    Just dont go into the cellar basement or attic! I bet your house is a secret treasure trove. In a previous house we lived in we found Victorian oil lamp holders and an old fashioned stove pushed back behind a wall covered with lino.
    silkywave and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  15. serenitypolly41

    serenitypolly41 Occasional commenter

    I really like these centre ceilings textured rings.



  16. serenitypolly41

    serenitypolly41 Occasional commenter

  17. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    no, still can't see your picture
  18. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    The marks on beams, posts and cross sections in oak framed houses are often there after a renovation or even before. They are often marks to indicate how the sections fit together. Basically Roman numerals: I II III IV V etc.
  19. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    The artex on my stairs looks like it was done by a manic patissier on acid.
    Nellyfuf2 and serenitypolly4 like this.
  20. xmal

    xmal Established commenter

    Have you ever had trouble with witches? Just wandering if it works.
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