As part of the North West Historical Graffiti Project we are aiming to carry out a number of surveys of ancient buildings in the Wigan area.
These survey are intended to identify the presence and range of types of mark that might be found in the accessible areas of buildings older than 1700. A fundamental aim is the provision of a volunteer activity that can be undertaken throughout the year by our local archaeology group. It also aimed to add to the nationwide recording that is developing around the original Norfolk Medieval Graffiti project.
A gazetteer of each building will form part of the final archive for the surveys. Images will be catalogued and stored along with the original recording sheets.
The survey follows the guidelines set out in the Historic England guide to graffiti surveys with all marks being recorded except those interpreted as modern vandalism.
In February 2017 we were given a workshop on the techniques of recording by Carolanne King and Ellen McInnes at All Saints Parish Church Wigan (see Newsletter 200). In March this year we began our first proper survey at St Wilfred’s Parish Church Standish. You can see the details here.