A Thousand Years of English Church Building

A Thousand Years of English Church Building, c. 900 – 1901

A course given by Colin Canfield

Here in Suffolk we have wonderful churches in our towns and villages but we often accept their beauty without understanding their history. This course aims to turn all course members into architectural historians, capable of walking round parish churches and unravelling for themselves the constructional development of the buildings!

Looking principally at stonework rather than furnishings, we will examine both the evolution of architectural style from the Saxons to the Victorians and also a few individual themes, including the relationship between mediaeval architecture and geology, and the society behind seventeenth and eighteenth century monumental church sculpture. The course includes two half-day visits to local churches (2 on each occasion).

This WEA course will take place in Orford Town Hall on 22 and 29 September, 13 and 20 October, 3, 10, 17 and 24 November, 1 and 8 December, starting at 2 pm.

All are welcome – try out the first lecture for only £4.80! The full enrolment fee is £48.

For more details contact: Elisabeth Cooper 01394 450934