The Maplesteads' WEA
The WEA runs Spring and Autumn term adult education courses in the Village Hall.
The Maplesteads' WEA Autumn 2017 course started on the 18th September 2017, when potential participants attended the course overview of The Building of the English Church c320-1901; Church Architecture from the Saxons to the Victorians and met the tutor Colin Canfield.
The introductory session, with wine and a finger-buffet, started at 7.00pm - all subsequent sessions commence at 7.45pm. Each session will last for around 1.5hrs.
The course is 9 weeks long, costs £48.60 and includes two field trips, lasting from about 10.00am – 3.00pm. It is essential that course members should be able to attend at least the first three presentations and one of the field trips.
Visiting village churches is an enjoyable pastime for many. But knowing a bit about how English Ecclesiastical Architecture developed – through the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Gothic Revival styles – can make such visits much more interesting.
This course will provide a chronological treatment of the development of the various styles of English church architecture through to 1901; it will examine a few individual themes, including C17th and C18th church sculpture and the effect on mediaeval church building of the local geology, and it will provide opportunity for course members to examine a few local churches for themselves, in order to put what they have learnt into practice “in the field”.
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
1. Recognise common features and styles of church architecture.
2. Carry out systematic examinations of church buildings.
3. Form independent judgements about their history.
4. Suggest the likely sequence of a church’s development through time.
Hopefully, this course will lead to a greater enjoyment in visiting churches, whether in towns, villages or in the countryside.
Recommended reading for the course includes:
|Buildings of England: Essex||
Yale University Press, 1974
|Illustrated Dictionary of
|Harris, John & Jill Lever||
Faber & Faber, 1966
|An attempt to discriminate the styles of architecture
Parker & Co., 1817 (available as a reprint)
|English Romanesque Architecture: Vol. 1, Before the Conquest||Clapham, Sir Alfred||
Oxford University Press, 1930
|English Romanesque Architecture: Vol. 2, After the
|Clapham, Sir Alfred||
Oxford University Press, 1930
|The Decorated Style||Coldstream, Nicola||
British Museum Press, 1994
|The Perpendicular Style||Harvey, John||
|Church Carpentry - a Study Based on Essex Examples||Hewett, Cecil A.||
|The Pattern of English Building||Clifton-Taylor, Alec||
Faber & Faber, 1972
|Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1660-1851||Gunnis, Rupert||
The Abbey Library, 1951
|Contrasts||Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore||
Self-published by the author, 1836
|Church Builders of the Nineteenth Century||Clarke, Basil F.L.||
SPCK, 1938 or David &
Charles Reprints, 1969
For further information please contact the Maplesteads WEA Secretary, Jean Bowers
- Tel: 01787 460 181
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