Built between 1450 and 1470, this tiny church contains a priceless piece of art, the medieval carved rood screen.
Intricately decorated with portraits of the Saints, this medieval screen managed to escape destruction when a Puritan Rector whitewashed over the paintings. His actions protected them from the elements as well as from zealous reformers.
As a result, we have the opportunity to travel back in time and see the Saints as they appeared to the faithful congregation in the 1400's.
We may be looking at the faces of some of that congregation. It was common practise for the artists and stonemasons to use local people as models.
Many included self portraits in their work. The actual artist may looking out at us in the guise of a Saint.
This handwritten legend hangs on the wall of the church. It gives the identity of each Saint according to their iconography.
Here are a few close up views so you can see the details of each portrait. See if you can identify these Saints.
This wonderful church is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust and is open to the public free of charge. Your support and donations will help to preserve churches like Holy Trinity and all their priceless works of art.
Visit their website to learn more about the Churches Conservation Trust and the churches they work to conserve. You never know what treasures you might find near you.