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St. Christopher, Slapton, Northants (Peterborough) C.15

Photo:T.Marshall St. Christopher, Slapton [37KB] Recently conserved by experts, but restored (rather heavily for some tastes) at some earlier date. A very fine example, though, full of the incidental detail beloved of the later medieval period. Many fish of a recognisable(?) species and even a mermaid, complete with mirror and shown in the separate photograph below. Another mermaid in a St. Christopher at Oaksey in Wiltshire is now on the site, but I could not find the one said to be at Grundisburgh in Suffolk - it might simply have disappeared into the faded background. Another is recorded at Ditteridge in Wiltshire and the one at Bramley in Hampshire might also still be visible.

There are many other paintings at Slapton, including a Weighing of Souls and a Warning Against Idle Gossip, St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, the Annunciation, the Suicide of Judas, St. Eloi shoeing the possessed horse, a rare example of St. Anne teaching the Virgin to read and an even rarer Mass of St. Gregory/Image of Pity. St. Christopher, Slapton, detail, mermaid [89KB]
[Photo (mermaid) : Copyright © 2000 Doctor Digi /Digital Atlas of England]

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More paintings of St. Christopher. Follow the links below for individual picture and text pages - in page heading = Diocese
Ashby St Ledgers, Northants Belton, Suffolk Burnham Overy, Norfolk Cottered, Hertfordshire East Wellow, Hants
Edingthorpe Norfolk Fritton, Norfolk Haddiscoe, Norfolk Hemblington, Norfolk Horley, Oxfordshire
Impington, Cambridgeshire Irstead, Norfolk Layer Marney, Essex Littlebourne, Kent Martlesham, Suffolk
Molesworth, Northants Oaksey, Wilts Paston, Norfolk Pickering, N. Yorks Raunds, Northants
Shorwell, Isle of Wight Slapton, Northants Stoke Dry, Rutland Thorpe Mandeville, Northants NEW Thurlton, Norfolk
Thurton, Norfolk NEW Wickhampton, Norfolk Willingham, Cambridgeshire Woodeaton, Oxon

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