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Durham Cathedral Sanctuary Knocker


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Product Description

Our drinking vessels are lined with either an epoxy resin or alternatively brewers pitch. Click here for more information within the Internal Lining section of our Facts page.

Construction of Durham Cathedral began in 1093, and is considered the greatest Norman building in Britain and is a World Heritage site. In the Middle Ages criminals could bang the sanctuary knocker on the North door to seek sanctuary for a maximum of 37 days and were obliged to confess their crimes. During the 37 days they were looked after at the expense of the Church, following which they had to leave the Cathedral.

At that time they had either to throw themselves on the mercy of the authorities or abjure the realm, meaning that they had to leave by way of an assigned harbour, in the case of Durham being the harbour at Hartlepool. On abjuring the realm, the criminal had to leave without any belongings, including all clothing and could not be apprehended during their journey to the port

Capacity of Durham Cathedral Sanctuary Knocker - One pint.

Height: 15cm



Our popular hand carved and painted drinking vessels can take up to two weeks to create.

We try to ensure that we always have a stock, however, please do use our Contact Us page if you are in a hurry and would like to check our stock levels before ordering.

Facts about our Leather Drinking Vessels

  • Hidebound leather drinking vessels are water, or beer, proofed and intended for use with cold liquids only.
  • All UK sourced.
  • Hand crafted and stitched.
  • Handmade in EnglandHandmade in England

Product Personalisation

If you would like your drinking vessel personalised, we can either Carve or Engrave it for you.

Click here for a description of Engraving and Carving