The architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described the village of Great Tew as ‘unforgettable’ and the same can be said of the parish church dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. Much of its medieval fabric remains including the shadows of a Passion cycle of wall paintings in the south aisle and the magnificent funerary brass to the county sheriff, John Wilcotes (d. 1422) and his first wife Alice in the chancel of the church. More recent features of interest include the 19th century sculptured effigy for Mary Anne Boulton (1834) in the north of the chancel.
This fund raising event for the fabric of the church will take place in the church and is intended to celebrate Great Tew’s heritage with a series of four talks from experts in their field.
2.00pm Welcome and introduction
by Ginny Thomas (Vicar of Great Tew)
2.15pm An Introduction to Great Tew Church
by Nicola Coldstream (Past President, British Archaeological Association)
2.45pm Narrating the Passion: the Great Tew Cycle
by Miriam Gill (Lecturer, University of Leicester)
3.15pm The Medieval Brass of John Wilcotes Re-examined
by Nigel Saul (Emeritus Professor, Royal Holloway University of London)
3.45pm Afternoon tea and an opportunity to view the church
4.30pm Sir Francis Chantrey and the Monument to Mary Anne Boulton
by Greg Sullivan (Curator, Tate Britain)
5.00pm A Short Recital of Medieval Vocal Music
by Benjamin Thompson (Fellow and Tutor, Somerville College)
5.45pm Concluding remarks
by Caroline M. Barron (Hon. Fellow, Somerville College)
The church will be open beforehand for ‘early birds’.
To book please complete the form below and return to Patrick Thomas, The Vicarage, New Road, Great Tew, Chipping Norton, OX7 4AG with your payment of £20.00 per person (£25.00 on the day). Please make cheques payable to ‘The Great Tew PCC’ and enclose a S.A.E. for confirmation of booking or include your email address below.
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