All Saints’ Church, Shorthampton

Wall painting preservation and roof repairs with OHCT grant of £12,000

A generous grant from OHCT to the small church of All Saints in Shorthampton has facilitated the preservation of its unique 14th and 15th century wall paintings, described by Jenkins (1999) as ‘conveying the richness of a past interior’ and ‘a dazzling treasure’.

Founded in the 12th century, All Saints is a small Grade II* listed church in a memorable setting on the edge of the Wychwood Forest National Nature Reserve. Over the years the church suffered from a leaking roof which had been patched multiple times but the ingress of water continued. The church launched a fund-raising campaign – the sum raised from generous donations from parish members, together with the grant from the Trust – has ensured that a new roof has been installed and the beautiful wall paintings saved for posterity.