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The Ecclesiological Society

For those who love churches

For those who love churches

Welcome to the Ecclesiological Society website! Whether you are an expert on church history and church architecture, or merely curious our Society provides lots of information, publications, images, news & events. You might want to sign up to our free e-newsletter, or think about becoming a member of the Society and join in its events and receive its publications.

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Annual Conference: Chancel screens since the Reformation

The Society’s 2019 Annual Conference will address the fascinating topic of chancel screens after the Reformation. Details of the programme, speakers and how to book a place at the conference will be announced in due course.

AGM & lecture: 1 May 2019: Diarmaid MacCulloch

We are delighted to announce that our lecturer after the AGM on 1 May will be Rev Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch, who will speak on “Thomas Cromwell and the End of Medieval Monasticism.” (Click for provisional details.)

Befriending the City churches: the 21st Stephen Dykes Bower Memorial Lecture, 5th December 2018

Befriending the City Churches, the 21st Stephen Dykes Bower Memorial Lecture, will be given by the Rt Revd and Rt Hon. Lord Chartres, D.D., K.C.V.O., F.S.A., Vice-President of the Society and former Bishop of London.
6.15 pm for 6.30 pm on Wednesday 5th December in the Lecture Room of The Art Workers’ Guild, 6, Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London, W.C.1., followed by an informal reception.
Nearest London Underground stations Holborn and Russell Square. Any queries about access to the Guild’s premises or other matters should be made to Paul Velluet at
Applications for tickets at £15 each should be sent to Paul Velluet at 9, Bridge Road, St Margaret’s, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 1RE; attaching a cheque payable to The Ecclesiological Society and a stamped, self-addressed envelope or an e-mail address to which tickets can be sent. For details of how to make a direct payment to the Society’s bank account please contact Paul Velluet at the address above.

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St Mary, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot, Devon

In July 1903 the first public announcement appeared that a new church was being contemplated to replace the small and ancient St Mary’s in the parish of Highweek, Newton Abbot, Devon. It was a popular decision and donations poured in, with...

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