Kempley, St Mary

St Mary’s is a Norman church with a number of wall paintings covered in the 16th century with whitewash and rediscovered in the 20th century. The remaining fresco paintings in the chancel are relatively intact with all surfaces covered and of interest due to their age (12th century). Colours are muted due to the whitewashing but red and blue colours are strongest with the reds predominating.
In the nave of the church are the remains of a fielded area in red-white triangles. On the north wall of the nave a wheel of life was painted in tempera. The size of the wheel and the boldness of the design is quite impressive.

The wall paintings lend a slight red hue to the interior and combined with the intimate size and quiet made for a good hour of calm investigation.


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