Sanctuary knocker; north door of Durham Cathedral. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

Sanctuary knocker; north door of Durham Cathedral. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

Churches have long been regarded as a place of sanctuary; once inside people felt they should be safe.

In medieval England, common law recognised the right of those seeking asylum to receive it within a church. Outer doors were fitted with special sanctuary knockers, the theory being that anyone who touched the knocker would be afforded asylum from pursuit for up to 37 days.

This sanctuary knocker, attached to the north door of Durham Cathedral, represented safety and respite for those who required it — inside both the fabric and institution of the Church.

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is “Inside.” You can find out more about it here. And here are some other posts on the theme that I enjoyed:

http://wanderingcows.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

http://vonnscottbair.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/from-inside-the-last-days-of-joes-cable-car-weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-2/

http://travelswithtoby.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

http://betigaklaten.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-3/

http://pamelaanne68.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

http://theeternaltraveller.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-2/

http://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-2/

http://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

http://arlsworld.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

http://wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-3/

http://thatmontrealgirl.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-cartagena-style/

http://thequietimage.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-3/

http://shmamaland.com/2014/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-inside-2/

http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/inside-weekly-photo-challenge/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

http://neophytephotographer.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

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Inside to safety

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