THE FRITH STOOL
This curious stone chair to be seen near to the altar in Beverley Minster, is more that 1000 years old dating back to Saxon time. The Frith stool or Sanctuary chair was used by the Sanctuary inquisitor and is one of very few remaining.
ADEL CHURCH SANCTUARY RING
The church of St John the Baptist at Adel on the north western outskirts of Leeds, is one of the finest Norman churches in Yorkshire and is renowned for its carved doorway illustrating St John’s vision in the Book of Revelations. The huge bronze ring on the door is a Sanctuary Ring some 700 years old. It is made up of a circular plaque on which the head of a beast has a moveable ring through its mouth. Once a miscreant had grasped this handle he had the right to demand sanctuary. A similar ring can be seen on the doorway at Durham Cathedral.
DURHAM CATHEDRAL SANCTUARY RING
Durham Cathedral offered St Cuthbert's protection to fugitives and those claiming sanctuary held onto the ring until a monk admitted them into the Cathedral. They were given a black robe to wear and offered 37 days of sanctuary in the cathedral, after which they could choose to stand trial or be sent in to exile.
SHAROW CROSS, RIPON
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