Butterfield and Beyond

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On Saturday 21st September 2019 about 45 people attended ‘Butterfield and Beyond’ in St Augustine’s.  This was suggested by the late Margaret Turner, a founder member of The Friends.

There were three illustrated talks.

First, Chris Higley introduced St Augustine’s, the place of the church in the history of Penarth and how the present church came to be built.

This was followed by a talk on ‘William Butterfield and the Victorian Gothic Revival’ by Dr Geoffrey Tyack, architectural historian and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He spoke about the influences on Butterfield and his work in general, not just the churches but also the educational buildings and houses he designed.

After lunch there was an appearance by Mr Butterfield (aka Chris Williams) welcoming us to his church and telling us a little about the circumstances of the building work.  We also heard about the day the church was consecrated in 1866.

Rachel Morley, Director of ‘Friends for Friendless Churches’, told us about the work of the charity and explained how they are rescuing the church of St Denis, a Butterfield church in East Hatley.

After a break for tea there was a discussion forum concerning the possible formation of a network of Butterfield churches.

This was a very interesting day and many of the participants took the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and the wonderful views from the churchyard during the breaks.

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