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Durham Cathedral sanctuary knocker was a lifeline to many a desperate fugitive down the centuries. This Durham Cathedral sanctuary knocker is the door handle on the huge wooden doors of Durham Cathedral in the North East of England, UK. It depicts an Anglo-Saxon version of ‘hell-mouth’ - the entrance to hell. It includes a man being eaten by a lion, which is being eaten by a double-headed snake. The original knocker made in 1155 is in the Open Treasure exhibition; the one on the door is a replica. The design has become an iconic symbol of Durham. If a criminal grabbed the sanctuary knocker, their pursuers had to leave them on pain of death. The Galilee Bell rang and the fugitive wore a gown with St Cuthbert’s Cross on. They had 37 days, then choose either to walk out and stand trial, or to accept their guilt and be banished from the realm. You can read more at ExplorAR’s explanation of Durham Cathedral sanctuary knocker.