Masons Marks

Medieval Masons Marks

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Leaf shaped mark.
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Heart shaped mark.
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Leaf shaped mark.
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Trefoil shaped mark.
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L shaped mark.
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Cross shaped mark.
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L shaped mark.
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Mason marks were used by individual stonemasons to mark their work for payment purposes. They consist of various motifs and designs – generally very simple that could be cut with a chisel or punch. They are usually found on dressed masonry blocks and can be incised or carved in relief.  A large collection can be seen in Kilconnell Franciscan friary on the piers of the cloister arcade and on the columns of the aisle and transepts. A number of individual masons can be identified by the different types of marks. Where encountered they should be noted and photographed.

This page was added on 12/12/2017.

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