Georgian amulet uncovered at Wimpole Hall

Wimpole Hall viewed from the park

An old shoe may not appear to be a significant find, but there is more to this one than meets the eye.

In 2013, when Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, was being rewired, floorboards in an attic were lifted up to reveal a tattered Georgian shoe.
In the 18th century, concealing a shoe like this was believed to ward off evil witches and spirits. It was commonly practised, transforming an everyday object into an amulet to protect against evil.
This hidden story from Wimpole Hall gives a fascinating glimpse of the life and beliefs of an 18th century resident. And there are plenty more stories for you to discover yourself.