Wall paintings

The church at Kempley, Gloucestershire, has some of the finest medieval wall paintings in the country.  Take a virtual tour and discover more about them.
The church at Kempley, Gloucestershire, has some of the finest medieval wall paintings in the country.

 

Medieval peasants could not read or write and the church services were spoken in Latin. Wall paintings were therefore very important as they told stories in a visual way so that everyone could understand them.

In the sixteenth century, during the Protestant Reformation, such art was considered idolatrous and was painted over. Fortunately, layers of subsequent whitewash have preserved many medieval wall paintings. Conservation of these is a long, arduous task.

At Pinvin, Worcestershire, the church has a particularly good set of thirteenth and fifteenth century wall paintings.
At Pinvin, Worcestershire, the church has a particularly good set of thirteenth and fifteenth century wall paintings.
Thirteenth and fourteenth century wall paintings can be seen at Burton Dassett church, Warwickshire.
Thirteenth and fourteenth century wall paintings can be seen at Burton Dassett church, Warwickshire.

St Teilo'sAt St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff, wall paintings have recently been re-created in the church of St Teilo. These are vivid and bright and well worth a visit.

Can you turn back the clock 700 years and re-create the effect of the wall paintings in your church? Be inspired. Why not involve your local schools and artists? Sheets or boards could be hung on memorials or walls. Many more images are available on The Painted Church website.

Why note look at the Gallery of wall paintings and banners that were created for Frampton and Whaddon churches?