Writtle - All Saints - George and the Dragon
Fragments of a wall painting depicting St George and the Dragon, probably 14th century. Church murals were common before the iconclasts whitewashed them over. Later, Victorian church restorers destroyed countless wall paintings as they hacked off the whitewashed plaster to resurface walls. The fire exit sign is not so old, probably c 1992. We are critical of the philistinism of the Victorian church restorers, but the placement of this sign isn't much better. A fire exit sign is probably a good idea for this church though - it was seriously damaged by fire in 1974, and again in 1991.