First traces of medieval wallpaintings were discovered early on in the Restoration programme but it wasn’t until the roof was removed and five decades of vegetation removed that it was realised that the amount which had survived was larger than first thought and much more significant. Experts from English Heritage and the Courtauld Institute were called in.
It was only then that it became apparent that the medieval and post medieval paintings themselves sat on top of a far earlier and more complete paint scheme. This scheme showed elements of Anglo-Saxon style painted on to very early Norman style building which in itself has Anglo-Saxon features. This set of paintings is the most complete of any to be found anywhere in England painted at that time. The wall paintings were gradually uncovered in a series of conservation programmes that culminated, in 2006, with the award of a substantial Heritage Lottery Grant to fully conserve them for future generations.
Much of the imagery is unique in the history of early English Christian wall paintings. For more detail of the wallpaintings see Gallery.