The Doom Mural at St Peter and St Paul’s, Chaldon & Chaldon Court

Date:1st September 2017

Time:11am Onwards

Location:Church Lane, Chaldon, near Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5AL

A visit to St Peter and St Paul’s, Chaldon and Chaldon Court on Friday, 1st September. The church, which is mentioned in the Doomsday book, boasts a superb doom mural, c.1200, on its west wall. It is famous as the earliest known English wall painting, depicting the ‘Ladder of Salvation of the Human Soul’ together with ‘Purgatory and Hell’.

At 11am Professor Ted Howard will show us round talk about the famous wall painting and the history of the church. At 12 noon, by kind invitation of its owner, Mrs Madeline Hutchins, we will move on to Chaldon Court, the 14th century house next to the church,.  Mrs Hutchins will give us a short talk and tour of the house. The house, which is mentioned in Pevsner’s Surrey volume of Buildings of England, is not normally open to the public.

The floors and steps in both the house and church are uneven in places and we regret that the visit is not suitable for wheelchairs. There is no charge for this very special opportunity but a £5 donation towards the upkeep of the church from everyone attending would be a suitable way of thanking our hosts.

To book a place, contact the branch secretaries, Mr & Mrs Comer on 01732 461 462 or e-mail

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