[MR] BBC & History Blog: Medieval Wall Painting Found at Cambridge

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 10 04:40:06 PST 2024

Noble Friends,

Yesterday both the History Blog and the BBC reported on the discovery of
three early 16th century wall paintings found during repair work at Christ
College, Cambridge.

The three images are a portcullis, a fleur-de-lis and a crowned Lancaster
rose. These were all devices from the heraldry of Lady Margaret Beaufort,
mother of King Henry VII. Lady Margaret re-endowed a minor school, God's
House, as Christ College in 1505, and went on to be one of its major
benefactors. The images were painted high on an interior plastered wall
that was later blocked by a ceiling joist, and hadn't been seen since the
18th century.

Sadly, we won't ever get a chance to see them in person. After study and
conservation, they will be returned to obscurity.

You can see the images on the History Blog at
https://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/69213 , or on the BBC at
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-67926737 .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆
Continuing a crusade to keep Merry Rose relevant and in business.

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