Cornish Buildings Group Conference Programme

Cornish Buildings Group Conference Programme

By: Paul Holden
Added: 01 November 2014

The Cornish Buildings Group in conjunction with Cornwall Heritage Trust, Yale University Press and the National Trust present a two-day inter-disciplinary conference.

The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, in the Sunley Lecture Theatre on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March 201

‘Only a Cornishman would have the endurance to carve intractable granite’: Cornwall’s architecture and architectural legacy.

A conference to celebrate the Publication of the revised Cornwall, the first of Pevsner’s 46 Volumes in the Buildings of England series

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Friday 6 March 2015

Paul Holden, Welcome from the Chairman of the Cornish Buildings Group


Session 1    The Buildings of England Series

Charles O’ Brien, The Pevsner Architectural Guides: a short history

Peter Beacham, Pevsner Revisited: reflections on revising Cornwall


Session 2     Early Medieval Cornish Sculpture

Ann Preston-Jones, A ‘Large Granite Block’ or a Unique Piece of Sculpture?

Alex Woodcock, ‘Beasts and Beakheads’: Romanesque sculpture at Morwenstow


Session 3     Medieval Structures

John Allan, Cornwall and Exeter Cathedral in the early 14th century

Andrew  Langdon, Wade-bridge: ‘The longest, strongest, and fairest that the shire could muster’ 


Session 4     The Later Medieval and Tudor Cornish Church

Jo Mattingly, Making Sense of Cornwall’s Perpendicular Church Architecture


Saturday 7 March 2015

Peter Beacham, Welcome from the author of Cornwall


Session 5      Architectural Fashions and Fancy

Paul Holden, ‘Ghastly Good Taste’: the Cornish country house 1540-1840

Patrick Newberry, Gothic Revival (or Survival) in Cornwall

Michael Swift, ‘A Victorian vision rediscovered: the stained glass windows of St Carantoc, Cornwall’


Session 6      Victorians      

Rosamund Reid, George Wightwick, 'an architect of much ability and a man of exquisite taste'

Jeremy Pearson, A Cornish Connoisseur and Builder: Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Lygon-Cocks (1821-1885)

Michael Warner, Goth or a Vandal? James Piers St Aubyn and Cornwall’s Anglican churches re-appraised


Session 7     The Twentieth Century and Beyond

Carole Green, Cornish Architecture through the Lens of Charles Woolf

Simon Crosbie, East Cornwall Churches: does lightning strike twice? 

Matt Robinson, Towards a New Vernacular Architecture for Cornwall         


Session 8

Closing session 

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