On the trail: Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust visit Ickleton and Duxford

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Back in mid-August the CHCT made it’s last summer outing to some wonderful churches south of Cambridge, this time focussing on the Romanesque period. The pictures show us at St Mary Magdalene, Ickleton,  where the early Norman arcade has the remarkable and rare survival of painted scenes from the passions of Christ and the apostles done in fresco. Those in the St Edmund chapel at the cathedral, for instance, which have some similarities, were done into dry plaster, and the colour does not survive half as well. From there we went on to the closed church of St John the Baptist, Duxford (in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust) where Romanesque architecture and wall paintings again survive, although it was the quaint porch that caught my eye. The tour went on to St Mary, Sawston for tea and evensong but other duties called me away. The location near Cambridge, perhaps, meant that we had a very good attendance: watch out for the tours next year!

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