Architecture – May

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm in the Lounge at the Congregational Church.    At our meeting in April  we  watched two films from the series ‘More Tours of English Towns with Alec Clifton-Taylor’. On this occasion we  dropped in on Durham and Chichester. The choice of Chichester happened to particularly appropriate in view of the recent fire and collapse of the steeple at Notre Dame. Chichester Cathedral suffered damage by fire in 1114 and catastrophic damage in 1187 and on 21 February 1861 the steeple collapsed in a few seconds into the interior of the Cathedral leaving 6000 tons of rubble to be removed. The steeple was rebuilt by Sir Gilbert Scott. More than £53000 pounds were raised towards the repair and the Cathedral re-opened six years later! Our next meeting is on  Tuesday 28 May when Dudley will talk to us on the subject of Betjeman’s Architecture.

New members are always very welcome. Membership of the group is £10 a year to cover rental costs of the room we meet in. Please contact me if you are interested in joining the Group.

                             Peter Ellement  tel.  01858 432966