Cirencester parish church is currently attracting the attention of academics, researchers and medievalists from far and wide.
The successful Monumental Brass Society Study Day, which took place in Cirencester last month, included a range of papers on the medieval brasses of St John’s church and their context. Dr Miriam Gill (University of Leicester) spoke about the medieval wall paintings in the Catherine chapel, which formerly functioned as the chantry of John Chedworth, Bishop of Lincoln (founded in the 1450s). She drew attention to the high-quality wall paintings, some of which are still visible in the chapel today.
We also heard excellent papers on commemorative strategies in Cirencester from Sally Badham MBE, on piety and belief from Rupert Webber (RHUL), and on late-medieval gentry from Dr Peter Fleming (UWE).
Dr Miriam Gill and Dr Sally Badham will be publishing their papers in due course. Similarly, I am currently writing an article on the Gloucestershire corpus of St Christopher wall paintings (c.1300-c.1540), which will include a section on the Cirencester mural.
Other research projects relating to medieval Cirencester include the latest volume of the Victoria County History for Gloucestershire. Contributing Editor Dr Beth Hartland is currently researching this area, under the supervision of County Editor Dr John Chandler.