Another Selection of Churches Great and Small

111 TUTOR: John Osborne

The parish churches around Marlborough are not the grandest in the country, but have a lot of charm and much historical and architectural interest. You will visit a selection of local churches, acquaint yourself with the chief features and learn to spot their different architectural styles. This course will particularly interest anyone who enjoys looking at old buildings. No previous knowledge of church architecture is required nor any preliminary reading expected. By the end of the week, you will feel confident that you are able to tell something of the historical development of any church that you visit by recognising the features that are characteristic of different periods.


Course Notes

Provisional Programme: We leave the College car park by minibus at 9am each day (except Monday) and return by 12.30/12.45 pm.

Monday 10 July

Great Bedwyn - 12th and 13th c. features; Seymour monuments

Savernake, St Katharine -Victorian, on the Brudenell-Bruce estate

Tuesday 11 July

Calne - the 'Cathedral of North Wiltshire', with Norman and 'Perpendicular' work

Compton Bassett - a remarkable mediaeval screen

Winterbourne Bassett -much 14th c. 'Decorated' work

Wednesday 12 July

Great Chalfield - delightful setting; 15th century manor and church

Bradford-on-Avon, St Laurence - rare, tiny Saxon building

Bradford-on-Avon, Holy Trinity - features from various periods

Thursday 13 July

Lechlade - 'wool' church in 'Perpendicular' style; 15thc.

Eastleach Martin and Eastleach Turville - neighboring Cotswold churches with Norman features

Friday 14 July

Bishopstone - fine 14th c. 'Decorated' features

Great Durnford - Norman doorways and remains of mediaeval wall paintings

Architectural styles

- 1066 'Saxon'

1066 - end 12th c 'Norman' ('Romanesque')

end 12th c - end 13th c 'Early English'

end 13th c - mid 14th c 'Decorated'

mid 14th c - early 16th c 'Perpendicular'

Clothing and Equipment: Comfortable shoes, for walking in cobbled churchyards, a waterproof, and a bottle of water are recommended.

Course Tutor

John Osborne

About John

John Osborne taught Classics at Marlborough College, where he was Senior Master. In retirement he lectures and leads historical and cultural tours abroad.

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