United Kingdom The Stonegate Devil

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Steve Wright

About this spot
In the 16th Century, Stonegate was well known for its book shops and printers. A print-shop was based at 33 Stonegate, and outside, at the corner of the building, is a little carved red devil. This is a reference to the printer’s apprentice and assistant, who was responsible for carrying hot metal type. In printing folklore, a particular type of demon haunted every print-shop, performing mischief such as inverting type, misspelling words or removing lines of completed type. Over time, the source of these errors was transferred to the printer’s assistant, who retained the nickname ‘the printer’s devil.’

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