Tuesday, March 13, 2012

£40,000 grant will help to save medieval painting

A painting from the 14th century will be saved from water damage thanks to a grant from English Heritage and the National Lottery.

St Nicholas’ Church, Stanningfield, has been awarded a £40,000 grant to replace its leaking roof. Water coming through the roof has been threatening to damage a rare medieval doom painting on the arch separating the nave from the chancal.

The painting, depicting the Last Judgement, shows Jesus sat on top of a rainbow with the apostles to either side of him. Below him, the dead rise from scattered skeletons to be judged.

Gerry Biggs, warden of the church, said: “The painting has been there a long time, everyone involved with the church is quite proud of it and the fact that there might be something happening to it is quite worrying."

Click here to read this article from the Bury Free Press