Medieval wall paintings - St Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan

Medieval wall paintings - St Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan

12 Jan 2020 - 14:23 BY

St Cadoc’s Church at Llancarfan, a Grade I listed building, is arguably the most important ecclesiastical site in the area on account of its panoply of medieval art. In 2008, conservationists made the most remarkable discovery: a series of medieval wall paintings, hidden under more than twenty coats of limewash. These are thought to date from the second half of the 15th century and were obliterated in the reign of Edward VI in the mid-16th century, as part of the attempt to expunge all traces of Catholicism during the Reformation.

The best preserved paintings, found in the south aisle, are those of St George and the Dragon, the Seven Deadly Sins and “Death and the Gallant”. That of George and the Dragon is one of the finest paintings of its kind in Britain, if not in Europe; it is the largest on the subject and the most complete.

Further information

St Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3AD

01446 781453

Opening hours: daily (except Sundays) 10:00 - 17:00


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