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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 16:51 UK time, Monday, 29 November 2010

Rare medieval paintings that have been uncovered at the church of St Cadoc at Llancarfan, near the market town of Cowbridge in south east Wales.

According to a Wales Online article, the restoration of the 800-year-old church, funded by Cadw, Heritage Lottery Fund and private funding, has revealed a number of stunning 15th century paintings on the walls behind the lime washed walls.

A painting of St George and the Dragon which is said to be one of the best examples of its kind in the UK and a mural depicting Death and the Gallant - the only one of its kind found in Wales - are just some of the artworks revealed during the restoration of the church.

The paintings that have been described as "beyond compare" and had been hidden beneath 21 layers of limewash since the Reformation.

During the Reformation, whitewash was used to obliterate religious wall paintings in Catholic churches, transforming them into stark places of Protestant worship. Ironically, many of the finest medieval church paintings that have survived have done so because they were whitewashed at the Reformation.

Visit St Cadoc's website to explore an interactive gallery that reveals the stories behind the artworks.

Currently, except for services, the church is closed to visitors for restoration until December.


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