#FolkloreThursday – Traditional Dacorum

We are excited to share some lovely GIFs of some the objects being featured in our upcoming Traditional Dacorum display. For more information about the project please go here

Lucky Charms:

Would you hang a horseshoe up to collect luck or down for the luck to shower down?

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These straw splitters were used by plaiter’s to divide straw into thinner pieces before they were weaved into items like corn dollies. Corn dollies were a type of charm used by farmers to who hoped for a successful harvest from their next crop.

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This is a piece of puddingstone, also known as ‘hagstone’ and it was used to ward off evil, especially witches. Some carried in their pockets while others left it on their doorstep. A parish report from 1662 describes a hagstone being nailed to the coffin of a suspected witch, to prevent her rising from the grave.

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