SOME years back, while walking in the cloisters of New College, I remember a resident Fellow (since deceased) telling me that spiders were never known to occur in the woodwork of the roof, and attributing their absence to the chesnut timber, of which it was framed.
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PRYOR, R. The supposed Antipathy of Spiders to Chesnut Wood. Nature 10, 26 (1874). https://doi.org/10.1038/010026c0