Part of a Doom painting in
showing the weighing of souls
During medieval times the
interior walls, arches and columns of our churches were
brightly painted with pictures of saints, biblical
illustrations, decorative schemes, patterns and warnings
against sin. The illustrations were not primarily a
decorative feature, but a pictorial method of getting the
bible message across to a largely illiterate population.
They were the medieval equivalent of the modern visual aid
or cartoon strip.
Many of the figures were crudely drawn and
their message was stark - live a sin free life otherwise you
will be eternally damned. This message of Doom was normally
painted on the wall above the chancel arch.....
Extract and photos taken from
Felmersham - The History of a Riverside
Above: A C19 sketch of a wall
painting in the north transept
(By kind permission of the
Cecil Higgins Art Gallery)
Below: A detail from the actual wall painting