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No. 112 - 13th September 2006
Week - [Wilton
Castle Open Day - Wilton Animal Rights Demonstration]
[Herefordshire Art Week]
Drowned - Heading the Field in Physics - JKHS - Theatre - Saturday Night
Open Day at St. Mary's, Kempley - British Legion]
Cider Champions - Poetry at Ross Library - Rowing - Rugby]
Fayre - FOD Music Sessions - Weather Station]
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Last week, Wyenot News covered the preparations being made
at the Church of St. Edward, the Confessor in readiness
for the English Heritage Open Days which took place over
the weekend. St. Edward's is a relatively modern church
and well worth a visit.
Saturday, 9th September, I went along to the open day at
the much older Kempley Church of St. Mary's. In its peaceful
country location, St. Mary's is just fantastic to visit.
The church contains 12th century water colour wall paintings
of national importance, an early 16th century wooden parish
chest and wooden roof beams, which are the oldest recorded
in North West Europe.
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Mary's, Kempley. DSC_5836
The Chancel. DSC _5928
The Nave. DSC _5972
The early 16th century Parish Chest. DSC_5894
Wheel of Life. DSC_5898
The Martyrdom of St. Thomas a Becket.
A wooden ceiling hides the 12th century roof.
The barrel-vaulted chancel of St. Mary's, Kempley is painted
throughout, including the ceiling. These beautiful ancient
paintings depict biblical scenes.
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'
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
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