Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

Yesterday, I showed you the exterior of St. Faith's church, a Medieval church which is now abandoned but preserved for posterity by the Churches Conservation Trust.

I promised to show you the interior, today.

Don't expect to see anything as grand as Egyptian paintings because these paintings have been covered by whitewash during the Reformation and then the Civil War, so much of their detail and colours have been dulled or almost disappeared. But, they are remarkable survivors in this ancient setting.

From the Internet - The church was locked up and all but forgotten until art historian Eve Baker, intrigued by the forgotten wreck, climbed through the window and was astounded at what she saw. While she wasn’t met with the gold and opulence of long-hidden temples and Egyptian tombs, she rediscovered an important example of ecclesiastical artwork. All interior walls of St Faiths were covered in partially-obscured but medieval wall paintings.

However, stories and likenesses are all still visible throughout the building, rendered in red ochre.
Within the arcades sit depictions of the four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and the upper part of the south wall depicts the apostles gathered around Christ. Beneath this is a series of images depicting the Passion of Christ, framed with vines, whilst on another wall is St. George slaying the dragon.

But why were church walls painted at all? It’s mainly a matter of literacy. A medieval congregation would be familiar with the contents of the bible, but unable to read the words themselves. Literacy had no place in the lower classes. Subsequently, in painting church interiors with vivid reminders of saints, parables and the consequences of pious and sinful acts, parishioners would be surrounded by stories and reminders of their faith.

I chose this photograph as the main post because it gives a good focal image, that of the font, standing proudly in the near bare interior.

My workshops will give more details of the Medieval wall paintings.

I hope you enjoyed this trek into Medieval history, Bev :-)

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