The Evolution of an English Town
Stories are told of the Parliamentary troops being quartered in Pickering church, and, if this were true, we have every reason to bless the coats of whitewash which probably hid the wall-paintings from their view. The series of fifteenth century pictures that now cover both walls of the nave would have proved so very distasteful to the puritan soldiery that it is impossible to believe that they could have tolerated their existence, especially when we find it recorded that the font was smashed and the large prayer-book torn to pieces at that time.
[Illustration: Rosamund Tower, Pickering Castle.]
Pickering church has a fascination for the antiquary, and does not fail to impress even the most casual person who wanders into the churchyard and en