The growth in population and the rise of nonconformity changed attitudes with regard to the use of the parish church in mid nineteenth century England. Work was needed to the structure of these ancient buildings to make them more comfortable and to increase seating accommodation within a framework of an increasing historical and liturgical awareness. If the parish church was not providing sufficient, comfortable, accommodation there was the risk of losing worshippers to nonconformist congregations or other Anglican churches.
This lecture looks at the ways in which we expect a church to look today are a direct result of work carried out in the 19th century when box pews, three decker pulpits and an austerity today only met in nonconformist churches, were swept away to create a
Church of England interior. Old photographs and prints are contrasted with the same views today.
Misconceptions will be challenged and you will never look at a church in the same way again!
John Vigar is an acknowledged expert in this field and looks at the subject in an amusing yet academic manner.Views: 460 | Enquiries: 1
John has been a professional speaker for over 40 years. He lectured for the University of Kent from 1992 to 2010, teaching a variety of architectural and social history studies, and has worked on a sessional basis for many other academic institutions. He has been a regular tutor at Denman (the national college of the Women’s Institute near Oxford) for over 35 years. An enthusiastic and popular approach to his subject ensures that he has a large following of regular students.
In addition to his contracted lectures John is a popular speaker at meetings of many different groups including The Arts Society ( formerly NADFAS), the National Trust, and historical societies country-wide. His lecture tours to public Libraries and Colleges in Germany where he speaks on English literature and its links with topographical history are also well received.
John Vigar`s specialist subject is ecclesiology – the study of church architecture and associated topics. He has written extensively on the subject and regularly leads tours to churches across England, both as part of his own programme of activities, and for other organisations. John has written the guidebooks for several hundred churches and is the author of books on the historic churches of both Kent and Sussex. He has visited and recorded over 13,000 of the 16,000 Anglican churches in England and Wales.
After retiring from university lecturing John worked for 13 years in the south-east region of The Churches Conservation Trust and he is a Trustee of the oldest church conservation body, The Friends of Friendless Churches. John is also a member of the Advisory Council of The Norfolk Churches Trust and has previously served as Hon Sec of the Ledgerstone Survey of England and Wales and as Photographic Curator of The Kempe Society.
He runs the www.kentchurches.info and www.hampshirechurches.co.uk websites
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