The church of St Mary, Houghton-on-the-hill, is one of the most important early churches in East Anglia - and home to England’s finest surviving collection of what is very likely 11th century wall paintings - but opinion exists that they may be even earlier. 

Today it is visited by hundreds of people each year, coming from all parts of the globe, and regularly hosts tours, school visits and special events. However, this has not always been the case…