St Peter’s Wootton Wawen, near Stratford-upon-Avon, is one of the oldest structures in England’s Midlands. Its tower dates back to the 900s, if not earlier.
In the barn-roofed Lady Chapel an acclaimed exhibition explores Wootton’s mysterious past, including how it got its very odd name. Wagen (‘Wawen’) was the Saxon lord of the manor a thousand years ago.
Six extraordinary paintings, especially commissioned from Philip Shepherd RWS, trace the history of Wootton Wawen through the ages. Roads and ponds appear and disappear, a Saxon monastery is succeeded by a Norman priory, the river changes course, village life visibly transforms – and at the centre St Peter’s reflects the spiritual aspirations of every generation in turn.