Having lived in Coulsdon, Surrey for over five years, I finally ventured to the Church of St Peter & St Paul’s, a couple of miles away in Chaldon. It was a visit worth waiting for.
The church itself was pleasant enough, built in the 10th century in Saxon style.
Resembling a painting by Hieronymous Bosch, it depicts a Heaven & Hell and features a stairway to Heaven with sinners falling by the wayside and into Hell.
The upper part of the mural is all angels and fluffy white clouds, whereas down in the bowels of existence, Satanic figures glorify in boiling heathens in giant vats and pursuing other tortuous acts featuring fire, brimstone and sharp implements.
It is a grisly sight to be contained in such a small rural place of worship, but a compelling view and insight into the Catholic mindset of mediaeval England.
If you decide to pay a visit, do make sure you pop in for a cup of tea before you leave the area!