Monday, March 03, 2014
Hidden shoe for luck : Wimpole Hall
Hidden under the floorboards at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, England, was a man’s shoe thought to be over 200 years old. The seventeenth century gentleman’s shoe was discovered after renovations to the building and is thought to be a talisman to ward off evil spirits. The shoe was found under a floorboard directly in front of a window, presumably to stop any evil spirits entering the house through it. It is thought the shoe had been placed under the floorboards in 1742 when the 1st Earl of Hardwicke commissioned the architect Henry Flitcroft to reconfigure Wimpole Hall. Many believe old shoes show a lot about their owner, including abnormalities in the foot. This appears to have given rise to the belief that they contained the spirit of their owner.