Friday, November 25, 2016

Worship in stone: exploring the Norman and Gothic Churches of Worcestershire

Illustrated talks by Dr Nicholas Gendle. Dr Gendle shares the fruits of a recent study tour in the Severn Valley, Malvern Hills and Vale of Evesham, illustrated by the fine photography of Dr Jean Harrison. Pride of place goes to Worcester Cathedral and two Benedictine foundations: Pershore Abbey (superb early Gothic chancel) and Great Malvern, famous for mediaeval stained glass. Fine churches include Croome (C17th monuments), Dodford (Arts & Crafts), Romanesque Holt, and Ripple (misericords). Some country houses also feature: Croome Ct (a rare example of Capability Brown as architect), Gt Whitley (shell of a huge mansion), and Hagley Hall (Palladian, with Rococo interiors).

Free for students with cards, others are asked for a donation of £5.

Lively, informative lectures and open discussion. Come for all or part of the day. Free tea and coffee are served from 10am. Lunch break is from 1 to 2pm (bring your own lunch, or buy it in the shops in nearby North Parade, or cycle back to College). St Theosevia House is 2 Canterbury Road, Oxford OX2 6LU

The St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality runs two or three Saturday study days each term on subjects that draw on the spiritual, theological and cultural heritages of the Western and Eastern churches. Both present-day and historical topics are explored.

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