To see the 1956 British Pathe news article on the discovery of the paintings please see Pathe news. 


We are very grateful to the support of Dacorum Heritage Trust, and more information on the history of the cottages can be found on their website at


Latest News

17th July 2017


We are again taking part in the Heritage Open Days event and will be open on Sunday 10th September 2017. We are taking bookings in hourly slots, on the hour, so that you can come and listen to a talk, have a cup of tea and a piece of cake, and have a close up look at these amazing paintings. This year Karen will be giving the talks to update people on her current research on the paintings.


To book, please go to eventbrite by clicking here or email Karen at info




12th September 2016


A HUGE thank you to all of our visitors over the Heritage Open Days, and also to all of our helpers and especially to Alastair Lindley who gave the talks. We had 180 visitors on the day and got through 14 homemade cakes!


28th April 2016



The Cottage will be open again this year for Heritage Open Days on Sunday 11th September 2016. Reservations need to be made for one hour time slots during the day. Tea and cakes will be available.


27th September 2015

Press Release


The paintings will be featured in Simon Schama's "The Face of Britain" to be aired on Wed 30th September, BBC2 at 9pm. If that captures your imagination we are putting on an extra Opening of the cottages on 24th and 25th October 2015. See our event page to book your slot.


Christmas Cards featuring the wall paintings now available.


14th August 2015


Simon Schama has been to Piccotts End and is including the wall paintings as part of the introduction to his new 5 part television series to be aired in September "Simon Schama's Face of Britain".


This will run alongside an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and there will be a book to accompany the series.

Simon is also hosting a series of talks on the exhibition.

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