Medieval Murder Scene in Jeopardy

Depicting the murder of Thomas Becket, this medieval wall painting is on the verge of disappearing.

Emergency work has begun to repair the painting, but several thousand pounds more is needed to finish the restoration.

The church, St. Peter's near Preston Park, has several medieval paintings which can be viewed online. The paintings were saved from Henry VIII's reformation by being plastered over. Hidden for several hundred years, they were found by Victorians who began to chip away at the plaster. In 1906, a fire damaged the church and left the paintings smoke-damaged and blackened.

The church's web site dates the wall paintings to the late 1200s.  The second link, below, allows the visitor to zoom in on the Becket painting.