barrel-vaulted chancel of St. Mary's, Kempley is painted throughout,
including the ceiling. These beautiful ancient paintings depict
plaster in the chancel was probably put on the walls soon after
the church was built in the early 12th century and the pigments
added before it was fully dry, although, some detail was certainly
added later. These may have included details in blue azurite
pigment, which were discovered in 1989 and are visible in the
haloes of the 'Evangelists' symbolic figures.
16th century Parish Chest, located in the tower, was made by
hollowing out a large piece of solid oak. The tree used would
have been about 250 years old.
the 17th century ceiling and unfortunately out of sight, is
the oldest dated open roof, without tie beams in North Western
Europe. This is made from trees felled after 1125, dating the
church and the paintings to the late 1120s.
Mary's, Kempley is open to the public and is very well worth