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Online Resources
AMENDED LINK WITH NEW URL ORB : The Online Resource Book for Medieval Studies Everyone interested in the Middle Ages should know about ORB. A very rich resource.

The Medieval Sourcebook : The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine Now has, along with much else, William Caxton’s English version of the Legend. Essential. NEW

The Internet Biblia Pauperum The Biblia Pauperum, an early text-and-pictures work vital to an understanding of medieval iconography and interpretation of the Scriptures. There are many versions, and this one is based on an English block-book from the 14th century. Excellent and highly recommended.

The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew Source for many legends and stories about the Infancies of Christ and of the Virgin Mary. NEW

The York Doomsday Project

The Web Gallery of Art Very good, searchable, images site. Images from all parts of Europe from all periods

The Pierpoint Morgan Library of images from Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts Searchable by subject, period, etc. NEW

The Digital Atlas of England AMENDED LINK

The Journal of William Dowsing Dowsing was Parliamentary Visitor for Suffolk & Cambridgeshire in the 1630s, and an energetic iconoclast. He visited many of the churches on this site. AMENDED LINK

Anglo-Saxon churches in England A growing site with excellent photographs NEW

Dr. Ellie Pridgeon’s web-blog on the subject. Entirely reliable, and good on paintings in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire in particular. There is also information here on forthcoming events led by Dr. Pridgeon and others in the medieval wall paintings community NEW

Relevant Regional Websites

Churches in Suffolk and Norfolk. Many good photographs.

Websites of or about Individual Churches
NB Listed here for the first time are churches with paintings I know still exist but have yet to see in situ. Those with links to online photographs of the paintings are listed first.

  • Murder of Thomas Becket, St. Augustine's church, Brookland, Kent Murder of Thomas Becket, St Augustine’s church, Brookland, Kent (C.13)
  • St Catherine at Hailes church, GloucestershireHailes church, Gloucestershire St Catherine, one of many fine paintings at Hailes. Follow the link to see them on the Sacred Destinations website
  • Restored Doom, Dauntsey, WiltshireFollow the link to see the restored late 15th century Doom at Dauntsey, Wilts. Some very attractive apartments of Heaven, and some fortunate souls going in.
  • S. George & the Dragon, Nether Wallop church, HampshireS. George & the Dragon at Nether Wallop church, Hampshire. Nether Wallop also has a very early Christ in Majesty over the chancel arch, and an interesting reconstruction of a vanished Warning to Sabbath Breakers
  • S Christopher, Hayes, MiddlesexWall painting of St Christopher at St Mary’s church, Hayes, Middlesex
  • John the Baptist at St John the Baptist, ChesterPainting of S John the Baptist (on a pillar) at S John the Baptist’s church, Chester After following this link, scroll down to the section headed “Inside the church”
  • Martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Preston Park, near BrightonWall painting of the Martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Preston Park church, Brighton Other paintings here include a Weighing of Souls, and a faded Nativity.
  • S. Christopher at Bramley church, HampshireSt Christopher, one of several interesting paintings at Bramley, Hampshire.
  • South-West window at Deerhust, Gloucestershire, showing S. Catherine with her wheel (centre left)Deerhurst, Gloucestershire The only wall painting remaining here, showing a saint or other holy person holding a book or other object with veiled hands, is high on the east wall and virtually impossible to see from ground level. However there is very ancient statuary and carving, internal and external, at Deerhurst, plus much else of historical interest.
  • Doom and Weighing of Souls at Nassington, Northants
  • Dormition of the Virgin Mary at Purton, Wiltshire A very rare Dormition of the Virgin, and other paintings at Purton, Wiltshire

  • Wallpaintings in Continental Europe

    La peinture murale du X11ème au XV11ème siècle en France et ailleurs For paintings in France and neighbouring countries. Excellent photographs, and English translation
    La mort dans l’art (Death in Art) A thematic site on this subject from the Middle Ages on, including Continental examples of the Three Living and the Three Dead. In French, with a good English translation.

    Murder of Thomas Becket, Church of St. Nicholas, Soria, Spain, small The murder of Thomas Becket A painting or paintings uncovered in the church of S. Nicholas in Soria, Spain and thought to have been commissioned in expiation of the murder by Henry 11’s daughter Eleanor, who married Alfonso V111 of Spain. Conservation/restoration is currently being discussed.

    detail, Virgin and Child, Pest, Hungary Some beautifully preserved paintings from the church of Pest in Hungary, including a very rare glimpse of St. Veronica’s veil.

    Other Links

    On-screen road atlas maps Try this site for (free) detailed on-screen road atlas maps. Simply click ‘UK Place’, enter the location you want (in this case the village/town - e.g. ‘Crostwight’) and watch the map appear. Very easy to negotiate.

    Access : Some churches are always open, some always locked, and some open for part of the day/week/year. Locked churches will almost always have a notice somewhere telling visitors where to find a keyholder nearby. Failing that, local people are usually anxious to help, and a little persistence should yield results. If you can consult the relevant Diocescan Year Book in advance for access details, so much the better. The Digital Atlas of England (link above) is also worth trying here. Crockford’s Clerical Directory is another resource, but remember that Vicars/Rectors/Parish teams are often a)out or b)very busy. (They and their churches are also usually very short of money as well, so do remember this if you visit, and be generous.)

    Feedback/E-mail, etc : Comments and suggestions about the site are welcomed. So are requests for further information, and I’d be particularly glad to hear from anyone with a site on a related subject (e-mail address below).
    Photographs : Where I can improve them, I replace photographs at regular intervals. Look at the What’s New page for details. But download the images by all means. Print quality will obviously depend to a great extent on the printer, so if you need a photograph or 35mm. slide just contact me and we can arrange something - (e-mail address below and on Home Page). In one or two cases the photographs on a page have been donated to the site

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