I saw this door when I visited that particular abbey in London. Most of the tourist information doesn’t mention it, because compared to the tombs of kings, poets and scientists, it does come off as pretty dull. There was a pretty exciting rumour for a while, that the scraps of leather still attached to it were human skin, from a sinner who’d desecrated the abbey in some way and was flayed alive. Sadly, like all good stories, the facts ruin in: testing has since concluded that it’s actually cow hide.

Today’s title is also the title of one of my favourite poems, by Amada Ros, which begins:
Holy Moses! Take a look!
Flesh decayed in every nook!
Some rare bits of brain lie here,
Mortal loads of beef and beer…

In other news, today marks the 10,000th hit on this site. Win!