300-Year-Old Secret ‘Lucky’ Shoe Found in Cambridge University Wall

A 300-year-old shoe found in the walls of a University of Cambridge building was likely put there to ward off evil spirits. Maintenance staff found the leather shoe — a men’s size 6, by today’s measurements — on Aug. 1 while installing electrical cables in a common room at St. John’s College, one of the constituent colleges that make up the university. The shoe was found between a chimney and a window, Cambridge archaeologist Richard Newman said in a statement. It was probably placed there during renovations between the end…

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