The Painted Panels

The Painted Panels

On the back of the choir stalls there are four sets of painted panels.

One depicts the twelve apostles, each with a section of the Creed. The other three illustrate the lives of three saints, namely St Anthony of Egypt, the founder of monasticism, St Augustine of Hippo, who was considered to be the founder of the Augustinian Canons, and St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, who visited Carlisle in the years 685 and 686. The texts of the lives of these saints are written in Anglo-Saxon. The panels were painted in about 1485 – 90, and one of them bears the monogram of Prior Gondibour.