Wall Paintings Project

Q. When were they made?


The earliest surviving wall paintings so far located in England date back to the Anglo-Saxon period. Obviously very few of these early paintings survive today—so it is difficult to know if these paintings were as common then as they were several centuries later. Here at Lakenheath the earliest identified paintings have been dated to the early or mid 13th century (1200-1250). At this period such paintings were commonplace and could have been found in most churches in England. What is particularly unusual about the paintings at Lakenheath is that we have surviving fragments for five different painting schemes spanning a period of about four centuries.

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