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27th January 2012, 09:23 AM
On the edge of the bleak and windswept East Anglian fenland sits the bustling little Suffolk village of Lakenheath. At the heart of the village, towering over its surroundings as it has done for almost a thousand years, stands the imposing bulk of the church of St Mary the Virgin. From without the church looks to be a typical example of East Anglian medieval architecture. A masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship, religious devotion and design. However, it is what can be found inside that has assured St Mary’s of a place in the history books.

In the second half of the 19th century a remarkable discovery was made inside the church. Scrapping away layers of dirt and lime-wash the Victorian workmen uncovered the remains of a startling series of medieval wall paintings. As each wall was examined more and more medieval images came to light. Angels, saints and sinners began to emerge from beneath the layers of lime-wash that had hidden them from view for hundreds of years. By the time the workmen had finished it was realised that the church contained not just one medieval paint scheme – but many. At least five different schemes were found, covering a period of over 400 years.

Now read on and gasp at the amazing conservation of these fragile images>>