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Below at the right are the remains of what the kings have seen, three faint heads and an inscription, the rest of the figures sadly obscured by another memorial tablet. What is left of the head furthest right has something protruding from it at the left; it is probably a corner of the figures shroud, knotted on top of the head in contemporary fashion. Here, some of the inscription above is readable; the central part, just above the diamond-shaped coat of arms at the top of the memorial, reads Sweche schal ye be.... Further right comes a new sentence beginning with an upper-case Gothic F. My reading is For Gods [love be warned by me], which corresponds to the inscription in the Arundel Psalter discussed on the page for Wensley.
The discovery of the paintings at Heydon is encouraging proof that even now, medieval church painting may be discovered and revealed. And the chosen subjects in the church are of great interest. Herods Feast, with the Decollation of John the Baptist and Salomes dance, is rare, and on these pages now, as is the Adoration of the Magi and there is also an unidentified crowned woman who may be the Virgin or a female saint. From a medievalists point of view, the ample memorialising indulged in later by the Bulwer-Lytton family and their ancestors the Earles is obviously to be regretted, even if it does present us with a nice vein of irony.
|Alton, Staffordshire||Belchamp Walter, Essex||Belton, Suffolk||Charlwood, Surrey||Flamstead, Herts||Haddiscoe, Norfolk|
|Heydon, Norfolk||Lutterworth, Leicestershire NEW||Paston, Norfolk||Peakirk, Northants||Pickworth, Lincs||Raunds, Northants|
|Seething, Norfolk||Slapton, Northants||Swalcliffe, Oxfordshire||Tarrant Crawford, Dorset||Wensley, N. Yorks||Wickhampton, Norfolk|
© Anne Marshall 2001