The painted rood screen in St Helenís Ranworth dates from the early 1400s. The Great Rood that was once above the screen was destroyed in the Reformation
The Rood (from the Anglo-Saxon for cross) is a large crucifix usually placed above the entrance to the choir in medieval churches. Some were very large, carved richly in wood and painted or gilded. By the 13th or 14th centuries, the great rood had become a feature of almost every church. The rood, however, was often eclipsed by the screen over which it was placed.