A wall painting in St James' Church depicting St Michael weighing the souls of the dead, with the Virgin on the left and the Mouth of Hell on the right

Date:
1930-1953
Location:
St James' Church, Church End, South Leigh, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire
Reference:
AA53/10906
Type:
Photograph (Negative)

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Description

St James' Church contains a group of wall paintings dating from the late 15th century, and a later painting from the late 19th century. Some of the paintings were restored in 1872. This painting, on the south wall of the nave, depicts St Michael brandishing a sword and using a scale to weigh the souls of the dead. The Virgin, to the left is placing rosary beads onto the scale alongside the dead soul, while on the right is the Mouth of Hell. It is suggested that this painting overlays an earlier painting, traces of which can still be seen.

Content

This is part of the Series: LTC01/01 Lady Trenchard Cox: Series of Negatives; within the Collection: LTC01 Lady Trenchard Cox Collection

Rights

© Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree

Keywords

Medieval Parish Church, Medieval Wall Painting, Art And Design, Religion