Little Witchingham, Norfolk by Matthew Champion

Little Witchingham, Norfolk

In 1967 St Faith's church in Little Witchingham, Norfolk, was utterly derelict. Its windows were missing, its stonework was crumbling, and the plaster was falling from the walls. By lucky chance the ruin was visited by Eve Baker, a conservation specialist. Crawling through a broken window, Eve realised that the crumbling plaster was revealing the many medieval wall paintings that had lain hidden beneath for centuries. A campaign of restoration was begun, and the nationally important church was saved, and the wall paintings revealed. However, the restoration was a sympathetic one. Today the church contains no pews, and no real furnishings, leaving its simplicity to stand testament to the long centuries it has witnessed.