Another Selection of Churches Great and Small

109 TUTOR: John Osborne

The medieval parish churches of England are easy to visit and study. Most of the churches around Marlborough are not grand, but have a lot of charm and much historical and architectural interest. You will acquaint yourself with the chief features of these buildings and their different architectural styles. This course will particularly interest anyone who has already enjoyed looking at churches in this area. However, no previous knowledge of church architecture or preliminary reading is required. By the end of the week, you will feel confident recognising the features and the historical development of any church you visit.

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Course Notes

The mediaeval parish churches of England are easy to visit and easy to study. The churches around Marlborough are not the grandest in the country, but have a lot of charm and much historical and architectural interest. We shall visit a selection of local churches, acquaint ourselves with the chief features of these buildings and learn to spot their different architectural styles.

This is a course that should interest anyone who enjoys looking at old buildings. No previous knowledge of church architecture is required; no preliminary reading is expected. By the end of the week you should feel confident that you are able to tell something of the historical development of any church that you visit by recognizing the features that are characteristic of different periods.

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

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

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

Tuesday

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

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

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

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

Friday

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.

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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John Osborne

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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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