Re: [Churchcrawling] Re: Churches for sale
- Leaving the politics on one side - we disagree here. The SPAB has a simple rule which I'm totally in agreement with. Later alterations are part of a building's (or fitting's) history. The eighteenth century paint on your font cover is part of its history, and if you can see mediaeval paint underneath that makes it a fascinating palimpsest. It must look lovely. The country is full of 'restored' objects taken back to their supposed best period, messed up with new paint or hopeful new work, and historically and aesthetically as dead as a doornail. I have enough trouble trying to stop stupid architects removing perfectly serviceable Georgian doors on Staffordshire churches because someone is offering the money for a nice new one. GE Street had the excuse that no-one realised how bad 'restoration' was until they'd seen a fair amount of it. We no longer do. A good decision by EH. William Morris for ever! (and Philip Webb and CC Winmill etc. etc.)
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Sent: Monday, January 01, 2007 1:44 AM
Subject: [Churchcrawling] Re: Churches for sale
I'm not really willing to comment on the politics in that area -
suffice to say there are other problems including a Perp font cover
where someone was willing to donate the large amount of money to have
it restored and strip off the chipped/flaking 18th Century blue-grey
paint to reveal the original gold and other colours underneath, only
to be refused by EH on the grounds that the 18th Century paint is just
It's an example of the political correctness of restoration. I'm
afraid I'm very much against such thinking as it's partly to blame for
the current situation.
As for the area - even Allan Barton agrees with me and he was brought
up near that part of Lincs. It is, to put it mildly, a dump. And a
depressing one at that. Rural blight has set in and I doubt we've seen
the end of it. A shame as it could be (and probably was once) a nice
area - but that's the way of it.
As Phil has pointed out (and I'd forgotten about) - there is a
PixAround executable of Benington in the files area which is worth
downloading and viewing. I might post up some pictures to Flickr
later. One of my pictures was in a glossy report on the decline of
English churches done a couple of years ago.
--- In Churchcrawling@yahoogroups.com, "Andy Foster" <andyfoster@...>
> Can you please oblige, for those of us who didn't? As just a DAC
member elsehwere I am used to clergy sighing and saying 'It could only
> That was a bit sour about rural Lincs. rather than that diocese.
Benington seems to have been a Dibley or a Seaside Parish where it all
went wrong - new woman vicar somehow upset deeply rural local yobs,
who then vandlalsed church and vicarage repeatedly.
> Andy F
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- --- In Churchcrawling@yahoogroups.com, "ChurchCrawler"
>it is a large mainly over-restored structure with an interior which
> Interesting points David - for Benington if I am absolutely honest
really feels unimportant in photos.
As I recall the chancel contains the remains of vaulting - it's
perhaps not as unimportant as it first seems.
If it was up to me I'd allow the building to be sub-divided and open
up the scope for usage. However, it is I believe, Grade I listed, so
you can wave bye bye to common sense and reason being involved in
discussion on its future use.
It will make a nice ruin - and perhaps that would be for the best in