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Something hidden in Welsh church for hundreds of years

Posted by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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Welsh church uncovers stunningmedieval wall paintings

6 December 2013 Last updated at 02:26 GMT

Built on the site of a 7th century monastery and founded around 1200, St Cadoc's in Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan is, from the outside, just another beautiful small Welsh village church.

But inside, conservators have uncovered some stunning 15th century wall paintings to the delight of locals, visitors and experts alike.

After the discovery of a thin red line of paint on the wall, a team of experts were brought in to investigate what else was lurking behind the 20 layers of limewash added over five centuries.

Now, after five years of restoration work, the church is revealing its treasures: startlingly bold images of the seven deadly sins, a royal family, a ghoulish death figure - and what has been described as one of the largest and most spectacular tableaux of St George and the Dragon ever seen in a British church.

The work was funded by local trusts, Wales's heritage body Cadw and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Having been closed except for services during the long periods of conservation work, St Cadoc's is now ready for the public to see the pictures for themselves.

BBC News went to visit the church and meet the people bringing the paintings to life.

Video production: Ian Ellerby and Nicola Thompson. Archive footage: Luke Jacob. Archive photos: Jane Rutherfoord and Ian Fell.

Stop/Start is a series of video features for the BBC News website which follows both new trends that are beginning and old traditions that are coming to an end.

Read more 15th Century altar screen at Llancarfan church restored




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25214557
by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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smurfbitebug
by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Cool! Wish I could see it.
dawnie1
by #1 Raider fan on Dec. 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Thanks for this. I so want to go someday

AlekD
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM
If you copy and paste the link at the bottom (I cant make it clicky since I am on mobile) there is a video that shows what it looks like. :)

Quoting smurfbitebug: Cool! Wish I could see it.
smurfbitebug
by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM
I'm mobile too. I googled, but the links that pop up I can't make work either. Youtube is next ;) I will find it. This is very interesting.

Quoting AlekD: If you copy and paste the link at the bottom (I cant make it clicky since I am on mobile) there is a video that shows what it looks like. :)



Quoting smurfbitebug: Cool! Wish I could see it.
GLWerth
by Gina on Dec. 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

That is amazing. I love it when they find these hidden gems.

romalove
by Roma on Dec. 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I love that there is still so much to be discovered about history.  

Thanks for sharing!

AlekD
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Thank you!

Quoting Peanutx3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25214557

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

 How neat!  It is amazing what walls have to say when they start to talk!

 

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Oh that's so neat.  I love it when antiquities are discovered and restored!!

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