Barch­ester tow­els

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

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.trol­lope­so­ci­

‘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)

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