Langley Marsh, St Mary, Berkshire, ****

Disappointingly closed…

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All Saints, Margaret Street, London, Westminster, ****

“All Saints is architecturally England’s most celebrated Victorian church…a church basted on the Anglo-Catholic maxims of the Tractarian Oxford Movement. The chosen architecture was 13th-century Goth, a distinct but visible chancel, an upward progression to the altar, profuse decoration and structural colour. A church, said Beresford-Hope, should have room for processions, candles, chanting and the veneration of saints: a means ‘whereby many arts were made subservient to one great end, and the greatness of the ned demanded the employment of the highest art.’”

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Ashbourne, St Oswald, Derbyshire ****

“Queen Charlotte was said to have broken into tears on seeing the statue (of Penelope Boothby, dead at age 5) at a Royal Academy exhibition. Evincing such a reaction was regarded as a challenge to late-Georgian sculpture.”

Ashbourne also contains my favourite of any stained glass window in England, the The Turnbull Window, commemorating the death of two young sisters, Monica and Dorothea Turnbull, a splendid work of spiritual and artistic vision.

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