Graffiti from the Middle Ages found in St. Margaret's Church in Cley-Next-the-Sea, on the north coast of Norfolk in eastern England, provides insight into personal expressions of faith in medieval England.
Matthew Champion, project director of the Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval
Graffiti Surveys, explains that the ornate octagonal font that dominates
one end of the nave of the church has carved
stone panels depicting religious scenes, including a baptism and the
ordination of a priest. Tiny fragments of paint in the crevices confirm
that the font was brightly decorated in medieval times.
On what looks like bare stone, flashlights reveal patterns: a series of perfect circles, filled with six-petaled flower patterns, scratched into the stone.
Read the description and conclusions about what this medieval graffiti meant at Writing on the Church Wall