The Restoration of Blythburgh Church, 1881-1906: The Dispute between the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and the Blythburgh Church Restoration Committee [Hardback]

Alan Mackley(Editor)

ISBN: 9781783271672 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Suffolk Records Society | Volume: Volume 60 | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 383p, H9.25 x W6.25, 8 color, 15 black and white, 1 line drawing
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The Restoration of Blythburgh Church, 1881-1906


In 1881, after decades of mouldering into ruin, the grand fifteenth-century church of Blythburgh, Suffolk, "The Cathedral of the Marshes", was closed as unsafe. The church was saved - but its rescue involved a bitter twenty-five year long dispute between Blythburgh vicars and committees, and William Morris and his Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, who feared that the medieval fabric would be over-restored and the character of the building lost forever. This volume presents an edition, with notes and introduction, of original documents from both sides - providing unique insights into a rancorous conflict, with vicars pitted against patrons as well as the Society. The need was local, but the significance national, with elites ranged against another. From a description of the Blythburgh committee headed by a royal princess, to accounts of lavish fund-raising fetes and garden parties, the story is vividly brought to life. Alan Mackley, an honorary research fellow at the University of East Anglia, studied history after a career as a scientist in the oil industry. He has lived in Suffolk for over 35 years.

Table of Contents


Editorial Practice



Blythburgh Church Restoration Committee Minute Book

Churchwardens' Accounts

Appendix A: Architects' and Contractors' Reports and Costs

Appendix B: Appeals and Donations

Appendix C: Printed Notices, Reports and Articles

Appendix D: Notes on People


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