St SAVIOUR, ELLERBY ROAD, RICHMOND HILL
STARTING IN JUNE!
St Peter’s Addingham was the seventh church that members of the Society have recorded since 2005, the others being Barwick-in-Elmet, Weston, Adel, Otley, Newton Kyme and Bramham. Our next church could scarcely be more different.
In June, in response to an enquiry from the church, we begin work at St Saviour, Richmond Hill , a Grade 1 listed Victorian church less than a mile from Leeds City Square. The church is of considerable architectural, as well as historical, interest, and was described by Pevsner in his architectural guide Yorkshire West Riding as ‘a remarkably serious piece of design’ … with glass ‘of great merit, in the style of the 13th century and of glowing colours,’ including windows by Pugin and members of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones and William Morris.
The church is large, its contents – textiles, woodwork, metalwork, books, organs – varied, and the undertaking is an ambitious one for our relatively small team, so we hope that more Arts Society members will be interested enough to join us.
No previous experience is necessary. Every recorder has a copy of Inside Churches, the Church Recorders’ ‘Bible’, and between us, we have a collection of many reference books. In addition, there is a specialist website, expanding all the time, with helpful downloads, and we work in pairs and groups – bouncing ideas off one another.
We expect to begin work on Monday 17 June, when we will have the support of the Arts Society’s NE Area Church Recording Coordinator, Rosalind Platts, as we get started, and we will be working at the church mainly on the first and third Mondays of each month (with some inevitable variation in attendance for summer holidays and other commitments!).
We expect to have regular support from Rosalind and other church recorders working in the North East, as well as training opportunities – the first of them in September in York (see below).
If you are at all interested, do please take the opportunity on Wednesday 19 June before the lecture to come and talk to members of the team, look at the work we do and hear about the pleasures and rewards of church recording in more detail. Or contact us before then at firstname.lastname@example.org
With all good wishes,
Anne MacArthur, Angela Wilcox