An Evening of Doom - Depictions of the Last Judgement
To: Thursday 13.08.20
Speakers from the Guild Chapel in Stratford on Avon and Peter Martindale recently involved in the conservation of painting s at St Thomas's in Salisbury will present their projects alongside an introduction by TPF Chair Laura Stevens
The Guild Chapel, Stratford on Avon
Standing on the corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane, the Guild Chapel is one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s most iconic and important historic buildings.
Its rich history dates back to the 13th Century when it was built by the Guild of the Holy Cross, a prominent social and religious organisation. As the Guild grew and prospered, so did its chapel, becoming central to medieval life in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Today, almost half a millennia later, the Chapel’s rare and special wall paintings offer a unique glimpse back to that medieval past. What’s been (and continues to be) uncovered is one of the rarest series of medieval wall paintings in Europe.
These deathly depictions of the afterlife were banned following the English Reformation – a royal order acted on here in Stratford by John Shakespeare, father of the playwright. But rather than being destroyed, the paintings were instead covered with layers of limewash, waiting for centuries to be re-discovered…
St Thomas’s, Salisbury
St Thomas's is as old as the city of Salisbury and the 'Doom' painting above the chancel arch is perhaps St Thomas's most famous single feature. It is the largest and most complete one still surviving in the UK.
Painted over in 1593, in the latter part of the Reformation, the painting was uncovered and restored in 1881. Since then the inevitable ravages of time created small cracks, some of the paint began to chip away and - most alarming of all - the painting began to separate from its wall base. So as a part of a major fund-raising project called Quest 2020, a sensitive and complete restoration in 2019 made it stable and fresh, now revealed in its full glory.
This will be a free event and participation will be via a Zoom link with a suggested donation to The Friends of Friendless Churches.
or you can make a donation by text - Text FFC, followed by the amount you want to donate, to 70085
or to To the Church of St Thomas's