Pickering's best treasure is its amazing collection of mediaeval wall paintings in the 12th century Church of St Peter and St Paul. They date from the mid-15th century and were rediscovered under whitewash in 1852. The then vicar was of the same mind as the zealots who covered them over in the first place during the Reformation, and had them whitewashed over again. They remained hidden until 1876, when a new vicar, Rev G Lightfoot, had them uncovered and restored.
First, St George vanquishing the Dragon
... and St Christopher himself, with his precious cargo
The Beheading of John the Baptist
The Martyrdom of St Edmund, who was shot full of arrows and then beheaded for refusing to renounce his faith ...
Heaven blys to hys mede, Hem sall have for his gud ded
... with a scene from the Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket above
A closer look at St Thomas? Don't mind if I do.
An overall view of the paintings on the north wall of the nave
Continuing clockwise, on the south side of the nave, a very detailed depiction of the story of St Catherine, including her torture on a spiked wheel and her unrepentant wait for her execution
These are followed by the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ, in a similar format.
Above the bands between the windows are the forerunners of the painting of the Coronation of the Virgin Mary, showing her burial and her assumption into heaven. You'll have to imagine them, I'm afraid.
As Dru said, a balloon dance in hell.
And finally, Christ's Resurrection
I also especially loved the font, the top part of which is believed to be Saxon. A thousand years later, it's still in use. It is believed to have been damaged in 1644, when an attempted demolition, presumably by Roundheads, was recorded.
From Pickering we headed for Robin Hood's Bay and made our way down the famously steep road to the quay, stopping off to look down the quirky side streets.
A wander along the beach and back, a sombre drink at the top of the hill before heading back to Whitby - another post Brexit day in Yorkshire ...