St Peter's Church

Raunds, Northamptonshire

The imposing Grade I listed parish church of St Peter in Raunds holds one of the most important series of wall paintings in England - including a remarkable one-handed clock.

The west clock tower paintings, dating to the late 14th century, and the north aisle paintings, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, were in urgent need of conservation and protection prior to structural stabilisation works to the north-west corner of the church.

A team of conservators undertook remedial conservation works to the areas of exposed and friable, paint and plaster, before and during essential piling work. The wall paintings were monitored during the structural works.

A minimum intervention philosophy informed the conservation cleaning, plaster repair and paint consolidation also carried out in areas that surrounded these rare examples of polychrome ecclesiastical decoration.