Longthorpe and Peakirk: sacred and secular wall paintings from 1300 to 1350

Thursday, 22 June 2023 (day visit, Event Number 2306)

Longthorpe Tower on the edge of Peterborough was built in the 1320s by Sir Robert Thorpe, a lawyer and Steward of Peterborough Abbey. It contains a chamber with “the finest and most complete set of domestic paintings of the period in northern Europe”.

A few miles north Peakirk church also contains extensive wall paintings of a similar period including some identical imagery. Dr Avril Lumley Prior, historian and archaeologist, will introduce us to them.

We shall meet in the morning either in the 13C church next to Longthorpe Tower or at St Pega’s in Peakirk. Lunch will be in a pub in Peakirk.

Note: access to the Longthorpe painted chamber is up an exterior staircase. There is no lift.

  • In aid of: Peakirk church Conservation Fund
  • Transport: own. Instructions with tickets.
  • Start time and meeting point: (to be confirmed)
  • Tickets: Members £46, non-members £51 (includes lunch)
  • Ticket allocation date: Monday, 13 February 2023, 12 noon. (Payment instructions will be sent on confirmation of your ticket. Please note that tickets are not refundable.)
  • Priority will be given to members of Art Friends Cambridgeshire

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