Following our visit to the bleakly beautiful St Peter's chapel in Bradwell-on-Sea Maximillion and I travelled to another jewel amongst Essex churches, St Michael & All Angels at Copford (to the west of Colchester). Located in the ancient manor of the bishops of London it is set in a lovely tranquil location. Maximillion and I ate the last of our cake and took tea before progressing to the church itself. Once inside, we gasped at the amazing mid-twelfth century interior painting, and I let out a stifled cry of "huzzah!". Meanwhile M. jumped about from foot to foot excitedly...
"Splendid Munro, simply splendid!" he exclaimed. I noted that his eyes were welling up with tears, and that he was dribbling slightly - a sure sign of a Ragged Ramblers' emotional and intellectual engagement with a special place.
Being fresco painting (painted onto wet plaster) this meant that 'hot' Protestant iconoclasts were unable to scrub the offending images and distractions from the walls, resorting instead to whitewashing over it. Re-discovered in the nineteenth century, some of the painting was 'restored' and, even, overpainted. Nonetheless, we think it remains a stunning spectacle and would heartily recommend that you pack a picnic and go on a Ragged Ramble there yourselves.
~ Munro Tweeder-Harris Esq. , RSAR., F.R.S.R.R ~