Medieval graffiti in Norfolk churches

In the Middle Ages, some church members had what, in modern life, would be considered an odd way to express an idea or offer a prayer: they wrote on the church wall. Now the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey hopes to record pre-Reformation graffiti in area churches.

Among the graffiti discovered is the depiction of a sailing ship in St Margaret's Church, Cley. "What we think is happening here is that they are either prayers of thanksgiving for voyages undertaken or they're really asking for a safe journey yet to come," said project director Matt Champion.