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Below is Feeding the Hungry, a clear scene in which even some of the inscription, in particular the word hunger above the painting can be read. The same woman hands a round loaf of bread (some other item in her left hand is unclear) to a bald or possibly tonsured man. Like all the men in this painting, he has a short forked beard. Two more scenes are below - at the left, Tending the Sick, where the ministering woman feeds a man lying in bed from a bowl with a spoon. The bed has what seems to be a striped cover, and the sick mans head is carefully draped with cloth, perhaps indicating efforts to cool a fever. and at the right Receiving the Stranger who is dressed as a pilgrim with wide-brimmed hat and staff.
The inscription here is harder to read, but it is visible and one word - perhaps them or their is clear. Whatever it is, it is safe to say that the inscription is based, however loosely, on the last part of the Olivet discourse in Matthew 25, and it is significant that although the painting was made no later than the early fifteenth century, the inscriptions are in English and not Latin.
Potter Heigham, like Little Horwood, is dedicated to St. Nicholas, and part of his story is also painted here in the north aisle, along with an Infancy Cycle where Herods brutality is shown in contrast to Nicholass miraculous merciful intervention on behalf of the three boys. These paintings may be earlier than the Works of Mercy, and they are faded and fragmentary, but I will try to include some of them in these pages.
There is also a good 15th century screen at Potter Heigham and an unusual brick and pottery font from the same period, evidence of the local industry which gave Potter Heigham its name.
Website for St Nicholas church
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