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
Edited by Alan Mackley
Part of the Suffolk Records Society series
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 383 pages, 1 Line drawings, black and white; 8 Illustrations, color; 15 Illustrations, black and whi
- Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
- Publication Date: 19/05/2017
- Category: Religious buildings
- ISBN: 9781783271672