24 July 2012

The Doom Painting in Blyth, Nottinghamshire

The church of St Mary and St Martin in Blyth is now a parish church but was originally built as a Benedictine monastery.

The most interesting feature in the church is the Doom (or Last Judgement) painting on the large east wall, which was only 're-discovered' in 1985 and restoration came shortly after.

A notice in front of the painting mentions Christ sitting on a 'rainbow throne' with St Mary, St John and eleven apostles. An extra note adds that the painting was used as a 'Biblical teaching aid' (for the illiterate).

A detail from the lower part of the painting.

Gothic vaulting, the nave.

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