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Christophers head and neck and the upper part of the Christ Child had been damaged, and were repainted in 1932 in what Tristram calls a rough outline.¹ ET Long claims that this restoration was Tristrams own², but I am uncertain, and in any case the painting may well have been restored again since then.
Although there are no incidents from Christophers eventful life here, the painter has allowed his imagination free reign with the aquatic life around his feet. Swimming in the water (detail, right) are various fish, all rather faint now, and between Christophers feet, an octopus. It is not unusual, even in areas far inland, to see marine fish and other saltwater creatures accompanying St. Christopher, and of course exotic animals such as octopuses might be copied from from manuscript paintings or bestiaries. Christophers short breeches, less elaborate than those at Paston in Norfolk, but knotted below the knee in the same way, also show quite well here.
There is more masonry pattern on other walls, some decorative painting and very faint traces of another subject elsewhere. There is also a very well preserved Rood Beam, inscribed with the words Venite benedicte patris mea ite maledicte in ignem aeternam (Come ye blessed of my father, go to the eternal fire, ye accursed), which might mean that there was once a Doom over the chancel arch.
¹Tristram 11, p.268
²ET Long, Medieval Wall Paintings in Oxfordshire Churches, Oxoniensia, vol. XXXV11, 1972, p.106
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