As we examine the work of the artists, designers, and craft workers of the Arts and Crafts Movement, we find so much of their work was done for churches. We begin in London with visits to G.E. Street’s recently restored St. Mary Magdalene, Paddington, and J.D. Sedding’s masterpiece, Holy Trinity, Sloane Street. And then it is on to the Southwest of England.
We leave London, heading westwards, making a stop at the small church of St Martin’s, Blackheath in Surrey to view a sequence of murals by artist Anna Lea Merritt, then travel through Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, an area referring to the landscape created by the English author in many of his novels and poems. Visiting the churches at Stinsford, we will see many wonderful stained glass windows, including one by Douglas Strachan commemorating Thomas Hardy and several windows by Harry Clarke and Mary Lowndes.
At Par in Cornwall, we will see Street’s first church, St. Mary the Virgin, and examine much of Sedding’s early works, most particularly in several small villages in Devon and Cornwall.
Among the beauty of the glorious coastal landscape through which we drive, is the ruined Tintagel Castle and ‘the best small Norman church in Cornwall’ also known as the church of St. Materiana. In Dorchester, we will visit the St. Mary’s, the County Museum, and the Cemetery Chapel.
We visit E.S. Prior’s Holy Trinity, Bothenhampton, and pass by the Belmont House in Lyme Regis made famous in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman,’ then move on to the cathedral city of Exeter, in Devonshire. We will progress through the deeply valleyed landscape to see and stay in the market town of Chagford, and examine Chagford’s St. Michael the Archangel’s Church, home to works by J.L. Pearson and Walter Sickert.
We have so many more places on this tour which we plan to visit. This includes Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, Ermington, Holberton, St. Winnow, and the village of Veryan. So we hope you’ll come along and bask in the magnificence of exceptional works that compose the art and soul of the movement.
We are now taking reservations for the Art and Soul: The Soul of the Movement tour. You can download the reservation form here.
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