Lost Soles – claire davenhall

22 February, 2020

Convict soles taken from the shoes of Prisoners of His Majesty, on-board European slave ships, sentenced to ‘Land Beyond the Seas’. Poverty, being their only crime, they pleaded for Gods’ Mercy, as they stepped off the ships and onto new land.

Folklore suggests the broad arrow was stamped on the sole of each shoe, so if they escaped, they could see which direction they were headed. There was no right or left shoe, a shoe was just a shoe and you were lucky if you had two! They are cast with pure white resin, weathered by the elements and shackled together. They symbolize the suffering of their Lord, But still pure in heart, they surrender to their fate and walk humbly with their god.