Dr Ellie Pridgeon FSA promoting the study of medieval wall paintings

West Somerton Church, Norfolk

St Mary’s church, West Somerton is one of the winners in the 2012 English Heritage Angel Awards for Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship.  The medieval wall paintings include the remains of a Doom on the south wall, and part of a late fourteenth century St Christopher.

West Somerton Church, Norfolk

Damp from the roof and walls meant the paintings were at risk, so  a major restoration project was implemented, led by churchwardens Pauline Burckitt and Simon Peasley.  They oversaw the replacement of the thatched roof, the restoration of plastering, and the installation of new drains.

The completed project cost about £180k.  The church received a grant of £123k from English Heritage, and significant donations from The Norfolk Churches Trust, the National Churches Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Round Tower Churches Society, and from local contributors.

Thank you to Medieval News for reporting this story.  For the most up-to-date medieval and ancient history information go to:

Doom, West Somerton

St Christopher, West Somerton

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Medieval Wall Paintings at Honing and Crostwight (Norfolk)

Follow this link to read about the essential building repairs needed to preserve the medieval wall paintings at Honing and Crostwight:

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