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Chimney Shoes

A common home protection folklore practice was to conceal shoes behind walls and in chimneys. Why the shoe? ๐Ÿ‘ข It’s the only garment we wear that retains the shape, the personality, the essence of the wearer. According to footwear historian June Swann on a number of occasions she found that the bereaved had no problem dealing with the deceased’s belongings, until it came to the shoes, and then would ask, “Would I take what we want for the Northampton Museum and dispose of the rest?” Most hidden shoes have been discovered around fireplaces, hearths, and chimneys ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธโ€”understandable when the hearth was the centre of the home before 21st century heating made most rooms habitable in winter. โ„๏ธ