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Charlwood St Nicholas’ Church

111 The Street, Charlwood, Horley, Surrey, RH6 0EE

Creativity - some of the finest medieval wall paintings in Britain, c.1280. Earlier than any painting in the National Gallery.
Unwrapped - how they were rediscovered.

St Nicholas' Church, Charlwood, is listed as Grade I and has a fine Norman arch c.1080, spectacular wall paintings, and a magnificent screen c.1480. The wall paintings were covered in whitewash at the time of the Reformation when the son of the Charlwood squire was in charge of implementing across Britain the Protestant reforms initiated by Edward VI.

They were 'unwrapped' in 1858 by the famous Victorian architect, William Burges, who had some eccentric habits.

The paintings even helped to defeat plans for a second airport runway which is why Gatwick is one of the few airports in the world with only one runway!

Read all about it in a new book, The Story of Charlwood Church. On sale in the church.

This event took place in September 2023 and the entry is now archived.

Date last modified: 25th July 2023 at 09:25