Archaeologies of emotion have wrestled with, and refuted, the many challenges inherent in accessing something that has been dismissed as intangible, individualistic, and subjective. In doing so, emotion-centric archaeology has forged many methodological and theoretical avenues, demonstrating the rich potential for emotion as a multi-faceted investigative tool. After surveying various approaches linking emotion and the senses, this study explores how cathedral clergymen and male lay iconoclasts in seventeenth-century England expressed competing anger and anxieties through touch. This approach underlines how synthesising a sensory subculture with competing emotional communities may offer a fresh perspective on past emotions and the senses.