hidden treasure

So here is the treasure we were looking for — high up near the roof — hats! In 1716 when the bell-ringer died someone decided to remember him by nailing his hat high in the church just below the Belfry roof. This soon became a tradition and as bell-ringers died their hat was placed up there with the date they died painted on their hat.

Another interesting fact, the rafted (double hammerbeam) roof of the nave shown to the right of the photo dates back to the early 1500s, which makes it about the same date as Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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