Text Box: Suggested reconstruction of a portion of the second of the identified painting schemes at St Mary’s, Lakenheath. At the top a large scrollwork tree sprouts red trefoils. The bottom of the image is intended to suggest a textile wall hanging—note the painted fringe at the bottom. The scheme is currently thought to date to the second half of the 13th century. Although scrollwork and fictive drapery such as these appear elsewhere in the country this particular scheme doesn’t appear to have any direct parallels. To date, the only paint pigments identified in this scheme are carbon black, lime white and red ochre—all readily available to the medieval craftsman. This striking design would have been the first thing that visitors to the church would have seen as they came through the door.
© Steve Cale 2009.