St Cosmos and St Damian, Challock - Chancel

Dave Godden

Maidstone, United Kingdom

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St Cosmos and St Damian, Challock, Kent UK Chancel with murals.

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Following the destruction of the nave during WWII a psuedo medieval mural was painted on the lady chapel walls at the restoration and following its success another was paid for by Jack Botley in memory of his aunt, who paid for the first.

This time it was done by the young John Ward, then a book and magazine illustrator, and his great friend Gordon Davies. John Ward wrote that the commission was one of the highlights of his life, introducing him to a church and place which possessed a magic, rare and constant.

The Theme of this mural is the life of Christ set in the area around Challock. John and Gordon set about preparing for this work in the winter of 1955. Sketches were made and the preliminary drawings were enlarged and eventually traced onto the walls where they were painted on in oil. The flora and fauna were painted by Gordon and the figures by John, using local people, friends and family as models. The murals start from the west with the Annunciation, then the birth taking place in the barn on the right hand side of the road as you approach the church, the baptism, St Peter and St Paul and then on the south wall is the view into the tomb.

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