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May 17, 2017

Summer Conference on Saturday 17th June

The Romanesque in North Devon and Cornwall
Saturday 17 June 2017 at Woolsery Sports and Community Hall, Woolfardisworthy,  EX39 5QT

The great rebuilding of Devon churches in the 15th and 16th centuries has swept away much of the evidence of their predecessor buildings, particularly those from the Romanesque period. However some churches in North Devon and North Cornwall still retain elements from that epoch, especially doorways, which vividly demonstrate the vitality of the local school of architectural ornament in the 12th century, and Morwenstow just over the county boundary in Cornwall has a substantial and extraordinary Romanesque core.  Speakers in the morning will include Alex Woodcock on the Romanesque sculpture of the area, John Allan on Romanesque building materials in Devon and Stuart Blaylock on the background to Devon Romanesque architecture.     After the morning talks and lunch, we will visit three nearby churches by car (Woolsery itself, Parkham and Buckland Brewer) and then drive to Morwenstow Church (where there is also a tearoom and pub).
The meeting will commence with cakes and coffee at 10.30 a.m. and the first talk will be at 11.00 a.m. Woolfardisworthy (or Woolsery ) is 10 miles west of Bideford , 2 miles south from the A39. Woolsery Community  Hall is on the south side of the village; it has a large car park.  In the afternoon it will probably be necessary to organise car-sharing to make the visits.
All members should have received details of how to book a place on the conference. If you would like to come please get in contact with Peter Child, South Coombe, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton, Devon, EX17 4HP (Tel: 01363 866813).