A Heart Shaped Masons Mark at Lynch’s Castle Galway

Lynch’s Castle is an iconic landmark in Galway city. Works on the Abbeygate Street Upper Frontage discovered a previously unnoticed masons mark.

The masons mark was found carved onto  the cusped spadrels of a small blocked Gothic window at 1st floor level on the Abbeygate Street Upper side of the building. This  is one of the few windows in their original location.

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Heart shaped masons mark at Lynch’s Castle (image Jim Higgins)

The masons mark is a small incised heart. I wonder has anyone come across anything similar?

Reference

Higgins, J. 2014. A Mason with a Heart: A Newly Discovered Masons’ Mark At Lynch’s Castle, Galway.  Galway Heritage  Vol. 37, p9.

 

3 comments on “A Heart Shaped Masons Mark at Lynch’s Castle Galway

  1. Can’t help draw the similarity between this and the heart in Kings Lynn market, norfolk, as mentioned before: The market place was famous for a trial of an alledged witch, Margaret Read in 1590. Legend has it that her heart burst from her body as she was burnt at the stake, and it hit a nearby wall. The spot is marked with a commemorative brick in a diamond shape with an heart carved into the centre of it. Her ghost is said to haunt the Tudor Rose Hotel.
    More likely a mason mark now I think!

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