Today we had occasion to motor up to Lowestoft. On the way we made a small detour to go and have a look at the 'Wenhaston Doom'. Photo above is of Wenhaston Church.
The photograph above is of the Wenhaston Doom. It was painted a few years either side of the year 1500, to fill the chancel arch of the church, but probably in 1547 ( and in response to an injunction of King Edward VI) the rood screen was whitewashed and painted over. In 1892 the East end of Wenhaston Church underwent much reconstruction. The whitewashed doom was removed plank by plank and the wooden boards thrown out into the churchyard to await destruction, but in the night there was heavy rain, so that in the morning parts of the painting was decipherable through the now watered down whitewash. Specialist Art Historians were summoned and the doom eventually made a spectacular appearance at Burlington House, under the auspices of the Society of Antiquaries, where it 'excited much interest'.
If these photoes are enlarged much detail can be seen. Sinners are seen being weighed in the balance, and some can be seen being thrown into the jaws of Hell to the right of the doom. It is (briefly) the Day of Judgement being pictured.
Above is the Arch Angel Michael with a sword, facing the old gentleman, Satan, with a sinner being weighed in the balance.
To the right of the above picture are the jaws of Hell. The words below the pictures are based on on the first few verses of chapter 13 of Saint Paul's Epistle to the Romans. They are, of course from an earlier version of the Bible than the Authorised Version of 1611.
The last time I went to see the Wenhaston Doom, in the late 1970s, I was on my way back from the funeral of a Great Aunt of mine who'd lived in Southwold, and I had daughter Ruth with me, who was then preparing to take a degree in Art History. We made a slight detour to Wenhaston, and she was amazed to see the Doom, a piece of (at latest) 15th/16th century English art (folk art). She couldn't understand why she had not been made aware of this very important piece of art history by her tutors. I really couldn't enlighten her on that, but I was glad to have been able to introduce her to it.
Back to today - after Wenhaston had a late lunch at Wangford, then on to Lowestoft, where we'd not been for some decades. Great chunks of it now have all the charm of a badly worn bombsite.
On to Bungay where I was able to purchase a horn snuffbox and a large sword needing T.L.C., which it will probably receive this winter.
Now nearly 9.30 p.m. so - Goodnight everyone.