Tuesday, 24 January 2017
More about the wall paintings in Saint Lawrence's Church, Broughton, Buckinghamshire.
The painting above is over the North doorway, and is a 'Doom' or a painting of the 'Last Judgement'. It is rather like, but much smaller than, our Suffolk 'Wenhaston Doom', but has a good many similarities like the Jaws of Hell at the bottom right of the picture.
Above picture shows Saint George destroying the dragon.
Above is the one that fascinates me. According to the booklet on the subject it shows 'a collection of blacksmith's tools and products' and I couldn't better that as a description, but it does leave a good many questions unanswered. Why should an English Church be decorated with a collection of a blacksmiths tools and products ? Very odd.
The above picture shows the dead Christ in the arms of his mother, surrounded by nine men, including two who are playing backgammon, both with drawn knives. The other men are holding parts of the body of the dead Christ. All the standing men are very similar. It has been suggested the pictures are a warning against the worship of religious relics, and also a warning against swearing oaths on body parts..........all very odd, as indeed are all their legs, which all end at the knees, and are equipped with very large feet. The whole picture is very odd, and probably full of hidden meaning???
Like a great many of our smaller and more remote churches, Saint Lawrence's should be better known than it is.
Good Night All.