When Adam delved and Eve Span – early medieval spinning image


Painting on the wall over the south door at the church at Bledlow, England. Eve’s distaff is still very clear. Adam is delving(digging), both figures working in accordance with Genesis.

Bledloe, Buckinghamshire, Oxford, c. 1300

The same scene is painted on the south wall of the nave of the church at

Broughton, Cambridgeshire, England. The old rhyme, “When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman?” refers to this biblical episode.
Further information about both of these incredible paintings can be found here:

http://www.paintedchurch.org/bledlow.htm

http://www.paintedchurch.org/brougcex.htm

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