Just half an hour’s walk from the old Richmond Railway Station, along the River Swale will take you to the grand ruins of Easby Abbey. Wikipedia suggests that the Abbey was founded in 1152.
In the grounds of the Abbey is the little church of St Agatha. Parts of that building are thought to pre-date the Abbey. Inside is a plaster cast of a 9th century Northumbrian cross – the stone original is on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The mediaeval frescoes survived the Reformation under coats of whitewash and perhaps date from the 13th century.
I had never experienced anything like this at close quarters before. Such a thrill!
The creation, the Garden of Eden (image adjusted for perspective).
detail – the Resurrection
This frieze was simple and looked as fresh as if just finished. Perhaps it was the imperfections of the artist’s marks that made it so appealing.
Some of the paintings have not survived well. Pleasing to see that no well-meaning amateur had taken to them.
The interior was dim but it was adorned with fresh lilies, possibly from a recent wedding. A nice touch, bringing a contemporary note to the intimate spaces.
Well worth a visit!