Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Barry Recreates a Piece of History; Sanctuary Door Knocker Marks Gospels' Return

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Barry Recreates a Piece of History; Sanctuary Door Knocker Marks Gospels' Return

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Byline: Kate Proctor? 0191 201 6106 ? kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk

ASYMBOL of sanctuary sought by criminals across the region for centuries has been recreated by a North East craftsman. Architecture expert Barry Lawson, from Gosforth, Newcastle, has recreated the distinctive lions head door knocker which was attached to Durham Cathedral's north door for 900 years.

He was inspired to create the piece as part of his business Snobs, Knobs and Posh Knockers to commemorate the Christian manuscript, the Lindisfarne Gospels going on display in the city in July.

The original brass knocker made in 1154 was used by hundreds of fugitives over the centuries to access the cathedral to confess their crimes and in return be saved from arrest. The practice was banned by James I in 1624.

However, the original 22in item remained in place until 2010 when an attempt to steal it prompted cathedral staff to put it on display instead in the treasury.

Barry, who runs his business with wife Ann, 69, and daughters Kate Rushby and Jenny Waterman, said his hand-finished replicas are the perfect gift for anyone who loves the region. …

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