A nearby notice states :-
"The painting on the North wall of the nave, at the West end, on the filling of the blocked arcade to a destroyed North aisle was examined and treated in 1949.
It is very much damaged having been exposed for over a century.
It was seen by the Archdeacon Bonney in 1848 and he described it as "Time and Death". Until the present treatment, it was not certain that this was in fact the subject.
It is of considerable interest, as being one of the very few instances where post-Reformation church decorators allowed themselves a figure subject.
Time on the left, is winged and scantily clad and is running over a tombstone, forelock flying, hour-glass in one hand, scythe in the other.
The texts on the front of the tomb are : Ephesians 5 v 16 ("... redeeming the time ..."), and 1 Corinthians 7 v 31 (" ... for the fashion of the world passeth away ...).
Death, represented by a skeleton walking away on another tombstone on the right, holds a spade in one hand, and possibly a mattock in the other. The inscription cannot be read.
The work is unusually good and may well follow a woodcut or other engraving.
Its date is probably within the first half of the 17th century, and the subject a continuation of the theme of mortality and the passing nature of this world exemplified in the medieval morality of the "Three Living and Three Dead".
DB 6 February 2020