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TO RESTORE OR NOT TO RESTORE?

John Darlington

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THE FUTURE OF ENGLAND’S RURAL PARISH CHURCHES

Trevor Cooper

10 ARE BRITAIN’S HISTORIC SYNAGOGUES AT RISK?

Sharman Kadish

15 THE CONSERVATION OF WAR MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS

Frances Moreton and Chris Reynolds

18 EARTH MORTARS

Tom Morton, Nigel Copsey and Rebecca Little

22 MONUMENTAL BRASSES

Sally Badham

26 COMMISSION BY COMPETITION

Ripon Cathedral’s new gargoyles

Oliver Caroe and Liz Humble

31 MEDIEVAL STAINED GLASS IN NORTH WALES

and its treatment in the 19th century

Martin Crampin

34 MOSAIC CONSERVATION AT THE ROYAL GARRISON CHURCH OF ST GEORGE

Kalypso Kampani

38 QUAKER MEETING HOUSES IN BRITAIN

Marion Barter, Ingrid Greenhow and Linda Monckton

42 SAVING CEMETERIES

Rebecca Barrett and Jenifer White

45 USEFUL CONTACTS

48 PRODUCTS & SERVICES

56 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

CONTENTS

THE BUILDING CONSERVATION DIRECTORY

SPECIAL REPORT ON HISTORIC CHURCHES

Twenty-third Annual Edition

ISBN 978 1 900915 79 3

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The many companies and specialist groups advertising

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Building Conservation Directory Special

Report

have been invited to participate on the

basis of their established involvement in the field of

building conservation and the suitability of some

of their products and services for ecclesiastical

buildings work. Some of the participants also supply

products and services to other areas of the building

market which have no application in the building

conservation field. The inclusion of any company or

individual in this publication should not necessarily

be regarded as either a recommendation or an

endorsement by the publishers. Although every effort

has been made to ensure that information in this

book is correct at the time of printing, responsibility

for errors or omissions cannot be accepted by

the publishers or any of the contributors.

© Copyright 2016

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COVER ILLUSTRATION

An 18th-century gilded dove and medieval corbel

carving over the font of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol

(Photo: Jonathan Taylor)

£5.95

FROM THE EDITORS

This 23rd annual edition of

Historic Churches

takes in the towering, riotous splendour

of Middle Street Synagogue in Brighton on the one hand and the understated peace

and order of Brigflatts Quaker meeting house on the other. There are also contributions

on war memorials and historic cemeteries, places that offer sanctuary and the chance

to pause for thought even in the centre of our increasingly hectic towns and cities. But

you will also find expanses of illuminated stained glass and brightly coloured mosaic

here, historic works of art which have lost none of their capacity to dazzle the eye and

move the heart.

These contrasting tones – the one calming, the other energising – remind us that

heritage, like nature, has the power to invoke both a peaceful reflectiveness that carries

us inwards and an excited wonder that transports us outward into the world and

beyond. People of all faiths and people of none continue to visit and value religious

sites precisely because they offer access to these two distinct states – serenity and

majesty. We hope that the new ideas and practical advice that fill these pages will

help sacred places to continue to provide that inspiration for generations to come.

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