LAST week, at the Trollope Society’s annual general meeting, incoming president Julian Fellowes unveiled a specially commissioned map of Barsetshire by graphic novelist Simon Grennan (above).
Given the changeable nature of Trollope’s fictional county in the 47 novels that feature it, ‘one might conclude that that no definitive map could ever be created,’ says Michael Williamson, the society’s Immediate Past Chairman, ‘but the Trollope Society was, of course, not likely to be deterred by such apparently insuperable problems’. A tea towel illustrated with the map is available at £10 (www.trollopesociety.org).
‘Our old door had always protected our home against witches,’ explains
COUNTRY LIFE reader Michael Cole of Woodbridge, Suffolk, ‘but I didn’t know it until, on a whim, I decided to clean off the many layers of black paint that covered it. As I did so, strange symbols began to appear.’ This ancient barn door covered in hexafoils (right), said to avert evil, is part of the ‘Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft’ exhibition at the Ashmolean, Oxford (until January 6, 2019, ‘Do you believe?’, September 19)