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13 July 2019

a day school by David Beard

Medieval parish churches form the largest category of surviving archaeological monuments in Britain. Each year huge numbers of tourists visit England’s churches. But understanding these complex buildings can be difficult. This day school is intended to provide the key to understanding the history that is hidden in these buildings.

We begin with the concept of ‘structural criticism’, the means of unravelling the sequence of building phases from the visual evidence. We will then go on to examine the major styles of ecclesiastical architecture as a means to date the various parts of a building. The aim is to provide a methodology by which we can read the history of any church that is written in its fabric.

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