The church of St Mary in Freeland, Oxfordshire was designed by J L Pearson in the Early English style. It was constructed between 1869 and 1871 at the expense of the Taunton family. The church has an exquisite and remarkably well-preserved Tractarian interior, with lavish contemporary decoration. The apsidal chancel has a decorative scheme by Clayton and Bell, including stained glass and a rich series of wallpaintings.
Polychromy covers every inch of the chancel walls. Below the dado the walls are painted in a vibrant red ochre, which is powdered with stencilled devices. Above that are a series of narrative panels depicting the passion of Christ, painted in an ochre grisaille. In some of the panels this ochre grisaille is relieved with muted yellow ochre and pastel green and blue. The two central panels of the north and south wall, Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and his burial, get a more vibrant treatment, with Clayton and Bell adding richer blues and greens.
The stained glass in the chancel follows the theme of the life of Christ, with windows depicting the Nativity. I don’t have any pictures of them, but Lawrence Lew has an excellent selection on his Flickr page, taken when we visited the church together last year.