Photographer's Note

This is St. Mary's, Kempley, the oldest wooden-beamed church in the world (11th century), which contains the Christ in Majesty painting created in about 1120, also a fresco of a wheel of life, showing the activities of medieval peasants throughout the year, painted on the wall of the nave (see one of my other photos of the inside). Under the tower is a much worn wooden chest created by hollowing out a single large log. The chest dates to 1500. The West door makes a claim to be one of the oldest doors in England still in use; it has been dated to as early as 1114.The churchyard is very beautiful in the early months of the year often being covered in daffodils. The church stands on its own outside the village which was moved to higher ground to avoid flooding.

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