A reminder that our opening lecture of the season will take place in St. Mary’s Church and will be preceded by our usual glass of wine from 6.30 pm. This will have been advertised to members of St. Mary’s congregation so we hope to have a good turnout and perhaps to recruit some new members. Please tell any members who might not get this newsletter about the change of venue.
The lecture will be about St. Mary’s Banbury: how architecture, theology and liturgy combined to build it and to change it, and it will be given by The Revd Canon Jeff West FSA, who is an architectural historian who worked as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments and for English Heritage for over 30 years. In 2005 he resigned to train for the church and has been one of the clergy at St Mary’s since 2007.
He has been working on new research about the building. The intellectual and theological climate when Banbury’s new church was designed in the 1790s had changed radically by the 1850s and 60s. The 19th-century transformation of the interior of the church reflected both a different way of doing theology and a different way of thinking about architecture and sacred space.
There are lots of interesting events, talks and exhibitions going on in the area and everything in Oxfordshire is collated for you by OLHA – see below: if you have contacts in Warwickshire and Northants with information about events there do let me know so that I can advertise those too.
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With best wishes