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Title Saint George
Dating 1450?
Location Ranworth
Type of the object Rood screen, painting
Place of exposition St. Helen's church, Ranworth, Norfolk, UK
Date of manufacturing sometime in the 15th century
Artist Ranworth school of painters

Rood screen in St. Helen's church, Ranworth, Norfolk
The quality of the painting and gilding is, some of it, of a very high order, notably those from the East Anglian Ranworth school of painters; of which examples can be found in Southwold and Blythburgh, as well as at Ranworth itself. The magnificent painted screen at St Michael and All Angels Church, Barton Turf in Norfolk is unique in giving an unusually complete view of the heavenly hierarchy, including nine orders of angels.

St Helen's church - rood screen detail
Ranworth is a busy Broadland village adjacent to Malthouse and Ranworth Broads. St Helen's church dates back to 1370 and is known as the Cathedral of the Broads.
The rood screen is one of the best in East Anglia. It stretches across the church, including aisles and nave and forms reredoses to the aisle chapels.

Ranworth screen (north side parclose): St George, St Felix, St Stephen
St Helen, Ranworth, Norfolk
But all this is just a prelude for what is to come, for behind it stands the greatest Rood screen in East Anglia. It stretches right across the church, aisles and nave, being built out to form grand reredoses to the aisle chapels. The dado, the lower part of central screen, has figures of eleven disciples and St Paul, six on each side. The aisle chapels have figures in sets of four as reredoses The south aisle chapel range consists of the Holy Kinship, that is to say St Mary Salome, the Blessed Virgin and St Mary Cleopas, each with their disciple children, and the best of the reredos panels, St Margaret.
Finally, we come to what are perhaps the best and certainly most famous parts of the screen, the sides of the chapel reredoses which face towards each other across the nave. On the north side, Bishop St Felix and Martyr St Stephen are joined by one of the great medieval art survivals of the 15th century, St George. Similarly opposite, Archbishop St Thomas of Canterbury and Martyr St Lawrence are joined by a glorious St Michael. If the overall painting scheme hear doesn't quite live up to the glorious work on the screen at nearby Barton Turf, the three dragon killers here are surely the best single painted 15th century panels in East Anglia.
Who is missing? By rights, the four Latin Doctors, Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory and Jerome should be here - they seem to have been mandatory in east Norfolk. But the Ranworth screen, despite its splendour, is still incomplete. The entire rood and roodloft has been lost, and what we see now is merely the bottom two thirds of the original. Probably, the rood loft also had painted panels. Perhaps the four Doctors were among them. And surely there were doors, common enough on rood screens in Norfolk, which also would have had Saints on panels. The east side of the screen is also painted, Tudor roses on red to the north, on green to the south.

Ranworth rood screen is considered one of the finest examples of medieval rood screen to have survived the iconoclasm of the English Reformation. It is located in the Church of St Helen, Ranworth, Norfolk, England. The exact dates for the creation of the screen are unknown, though most experts agree that the paintings were probably executed sometime in the 15th century, with the erection of the wooden screen itself possibly occurring some years earlier.

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