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The gateway to hell? Hundreds of anti-witch marks found in Midlands cave

Hundreds of symbols at gorge could be Britain’s biggest collection of protective signs
Some of the apotropaic marks believed to protect against witches at Creswell Crags in the east Midlands. Photograph: Creswell Heritage Trust/Historic England

If there is a gateway to hell, a portal from the underworld used by demons and witches to wreak their evil havoc on humanity, then it could be in a small east Midlands cave handy for both the M1 and A60.

Heritage experts have revealed what is thought to be the biggest concentration of apotropaic marks, or symbols to ward off evil or misfortune, ever found in the

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