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„Sanctuary“

from the gallery of David Pringle
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The knocker on Durham Cathedral’s northern door, known as the Sanctuary Knocker, was an important symbol of the Cathedral's political role. Those who ‘had committed a great offence’ could rap the knocker, and would be given 37 days of sanctuary within which they could try to reconcile with their enemies or plan their escape. The Right to Sanctuary was abolished in 1624.

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