Dr Ellie Pridgeon FSA promoting the study of medieval wall paintings

Photographs from the South Newington Wall Painting Symposium 2012

Photographs from the highly-successful South Newington Wall Painting Symposium (2012), organised by Anthony Fletcher:

South Newington Wall Painting Symposium 2012

South Newington Wall Painting Symposium 2012

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Wall Paintings, Lakenheath, Suffolk

Follow this link for an extremely informative website about the wall paintings at Lakenheath in Suffolk.  The site provides extensive information about the initial survey work carried out by Tobit Curteis Associates in 2003, and the subsequent conservation undertaken by Perry Lithgow Partnership in 2009.

Uncovered in the second half of the nineteenth century, the wall paintings consist of at least five different identified schemes.  The earliest dates from c.1220 and includes a number of angels, as well as linear scrollwork and dot decoration.

The second scheme (c.1330) comprises painted spandrel patterns and scrollwork, and fictive drapery with painted fringe (located on the large pillar opposite the south door).  The splay above contains  black tree-like scrollwork with a bird seated in the branches.  A definitive interpretation of this image has yet to be offered.

The third scheme dates from c.1350 and includes full-length figures of angels and Apostles, including St Paul (with a sword) and St James the Great (carrying a pilgrim’s staff).  The enthroned Virgin and Child and St Edmund (located on the large pillar) also date from this period.  Above is a contemporary Passion cycle, unusual because the scenes are chronologically inaccurate, and because it includes a Harrowing of Hell scene.

Virgin and Child, Lakenheath.

The fourth scheme dates from c.1480 and consists of a fragmented St George on the north nave arcade, and a full-length risen Christ on the south side of the chancel arch.  The latter painting is high-quality and was created in the ‘grisaille’ style, highlighted with red and gold (similar in technique – though not in quality – to the Eton College Chapel wall paintings).

The final scheme dates from c.1610 and includes painted post-Reformation text in decorated borders.  These were repainted at least four or five times before they were lime-washed over in the 18th century.

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Monumental Brass Society Study Day, Lydd (Kent)

Saturday 22nd September 2012

Perhaps better known as the ‘Cathedral of the Marsh’, the parish church of All Saints, Lydd, hosts a large collection of 17 brasses. This Study Day will include a series of lectures by scholars relating to the history of the church, the town, and its townsmen and women.

Speakers include Dr Gill Draper (University of Kent) and the most excellent Dr Paul Cockerham.

For more information follow this link to the Monumental Brass Website.

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Wall Paintings of Hampshire, Winchester – Thursday June 7th, 5.30pm

Ellie will be speaking at Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology Research Seminar Series (University of Winchester).  The paper will focus on wall painting in Hampshire, particularly the St Christopher images at East Wellow, Bramley (and elsewhere).  For more information follow the link above.

St Christopher Wall Painting, Bramley, Hampshire.  Sixteenth Century.

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