1200 is a fairly arbitrary terminal date here - many paintings now on the site can be regarded as early, and there are several dating from the 13th century, but I have made this separate category for the very earliest, some of which (like Houghton-on-the-Hill, Claverley and Copford) are unusual in their subject matter or treatment of it and some of which (like the relief carving at Breamore) are sculpture rather than painting but were almost certainly painted once. Breamore, moreover, has a painted background and is in any case too important to ignore despite the problems of dating it presents. But relatively few examples of painting in the parish church survive from this early period, and I will include the others known to me as soon as possible. Some are surprisingly well preserved precisely because they have spent centuries undisturbed below many layers of plaster. The painting of the Purgatorial Ladder at Chaldon in Surrey is very remarkable indeed. Its unique status prevents it from fitting in any box, which is why the link below is outside it.
Purgatorial Ladder, with the Seven Deadly Sins, Chaldon, Surrey
|Passion Cycle, Ickleton, Cambs||Painted Anglo-Saxon Inscription, Breamore, Hampshire||Painted Rood (Crucifixion), Breamore Hampshire||Suicide of Judas (later), Breamore, Hampshire||Judgement with Apostles, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Norfolk|
|Allegorical Joust, Claverley, Shropshire||David overcoming the Lion/(repainted) Knight representing a Virtue, Copford, Essex||Raising of Jairuss daughter, Copford, Essex||Martyrdom of S.Edmund & other subjects, Fritton, Norfolk||Apostle or Prophet, Little Easton, Essex|
|Christ in Majesty, Kempley, Gloucestershire||The Three Marys (Maries) at the sepulchre, Kempley, Gloucestershire||The Fall & its Aftermath, Hardham, Sussex||The Annunciation/Visitation/Nativity/Annunciation to Shepherds-Hardham NEW||The Flight into Egypt/Fall of the Idols/Dispute with the Doctors/Baptism of Christ-Hardham NEW|
|Life of St. James, Stoke Orchard, Gloucestershire||Apostles & angels supporting Christ in Majesty, West Chiltington, Sussex||St. Martin dividing his cloak, Wareham, Dorset||Christ in Majesty, with Judgement details, Clayton, Sussex||King Herod & an attendant, and the Flight into Egypt, Coombes, Sussex|
|Christ in Majesty, with Traditio Legis & and illusionistic painted figure, Coombes, Sussex||Two scenes from the Life of St. Cuthbert-Pittington, Durham|
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