Have you anything planned for the weekend? I'll be seeing the Degree Show at the Royal College of Art, and will catch up on a few spare-time projects. But nothing I do is anything like the spare-time project of Mrs. Mildred Holland, who, between 1859 and about 1865, painted the roof of the church where her husband was vicar. It is called St. Mary the Virgin, and it is in the tiny Suffolk village of Huntingfield.
With its saints, symbols, brilliant colours and lavish use of gold leaf, this hammer-beam roof is a triumph of Victorian art. It has been restored, so you receive the full High-Victorian effect as you walk through the door. Almost nobody knows about it, though.