Salisbury, Wiltshire

Church of St. Thomas, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The parish church of Salisbury pre-dates the Cathedral by some many years. It was also not originally dedicated to Thomas Becket who wasn’t even born when it was first constructed. Most of what survives today, however, dates to the complete 15th Century rebuild and the church was almost certainly re-dedicated at this time.

The church today is best known for its Doom Painting – the largest of its kind in England which was painted in 1475 and has the “Damned Bishop” as one of its features – a bishop in the painted being dragged to hell. The painting was white-washed over in 1593, rediscovered in 1819 but not restored until 1881.

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