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Christ is seated on a rainbow, as in most paintings of the Doom, and his feet rest on the orb of the world, but his entire figure, with hands raised to show his wounds, is framed within a mandorla, the almond-shaped aureole that came into Christian art from an early date.
A scroll, now unreadable, curves across his body. On either side of him is an angel with Instruments of the Passion; the one on the right has the Pillar of the Scourging.
Apart from these, no other details can be made out, with the exception of the elaborate star-shaped frame with something rectangular inside at the lower right. Caiger-Smith¹ suggested that this too might contain Instruments of the Passion, and that is certainly possible. There is another, apparently identical, star-emblem in the south aisle, but the hint of a figure standing at the left beside this one may be illusory rather than real - it is a perennial problem with badly damaged or faded paintings.
Houghton Conquest also has a very faded St. Christopher and some post-Reformation texts.
¹Caiger-Smith, English Medieval Mural Paintings, p.130
|Ashampstead, Berkshire||Attleborough, Norfolk (Christ in Majesty)||Bacton, Suffolk||Bartlow, Cambridgeshire (Weighing)||Beckley, Oxfordshire||Bishopsbourne, Kent (Weighing)|
|Blyth, Nottinghamshire||Bradfield, Norfolk||Broughton, Bucks.||Broughton, Cambs||Catherington, Hampshire (Weighing)||Chelsworth, Suffolk|
|Chesterton, Cambs.||Corby Glen, Lincs||Coventry (Holy Trinity Church), Warwickshire||Croughton, Northants (Weighing) NEW||Dauntsey, Wiltshire NEW||Flamstead, Herts.|
|Great Harrowden, Beds||Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire||Houghton Conquest, Beds (Christ in Majesty)||Ickleton, Cambs.||Lenham, Kent (Weighing) NEW||Marston Moreteyne, Beds|
|Marton, Cheshire||Newington-next-Sittingbourne, Kent||North Cove, Suffolk||Oddington, Gloucestershire||Pickworth, Lincs||Potter Heigham, Norfolk|
|Rotherfield, E.Sussex (Doom)||Rotherfield, E. Sussex (Weighing)||Salisbury, Wilts||Slapton, Northants (Weighing)||South Leigh, Oxon (Doom)|
|South Leigh, Oxon (Weighing)||Stoke-by-Clare, Suffolk||Stratford-On-Avon, the Guild chapel, Warwickshire NEW||Wenhaston, Suffolk||West Somerton, Norfolk||Widford, Herts|
|Wissington, Suffolk||Yaxley, Suffolk|
© Anne Marshall 2001