Hand carved inscriptions and graffiti abound on the 800-year-old walls and pillars of St Peters Church. They might be regarded as the lost voices of Berkhamsted people – who wanted to leave their mark on something enduring. These carvings were more acceptable then, and many were carefully executed and done by all levels of society – church officials, bellringers, apprentices have all left their names. Before the Reformation the inscriptions were more religious, afterwards more personal. Much of their meaning is now unknown, but we can speculate why they might be carved. There are many types, which will be shown on the tour:
Hand carved inscriptions and graffiti abound on the 800-year-old walls and pillars of St Peters Church.