Grant awarded to preserve 15th century "deadly sins" paintings

The devil is in St Cadoc's church in Llancarfan, Wales, and officials from the Heritage Lottery Fund have decided to award the church UK£500,000 to keep him there. (photos)

In this case, the devil is part of a series of wall paintings which depict the seven deadly sins, believed to have been covered by a limewash following Henry VIII's split with the Roman Catholic church. So far, five of the seven sins have been found, with hopes of "anger" and "envy" to be uncovered with help from the grant money.

St Cadoc's wall paintings also include what is believed to be the best-preserved image of St George and the Dragon. "We are privileged to be entrusted with the care of these wall paintings, which appeared so suddenly as treasures in our midst, and also the reredos which has yet to reveal its true colours," said the Venerable Peggy Jackson, the priest-in-charge of Llancarfan.