The English Parish Church

Ref: C2224514

Though we think of medieval churches, many of the most interesting places of worship were built from the mid sixteenth century on. We will discover how churches were adapted to Protestant worship during the Reformation, and how church buildings reflected the struggles of the civil war period. The eighteenth century was rather more settled. This was the age of Hawksmoor’s and Gibbs’s London churches and the earliest gothic revival. There was growing tolerance of non-Anglican worship and we will look at examples of non-conformist and early Roman Catholic chapels. The nineteenth century saw a revival in high church Anglicanism and the proliferation of churches inspired by the medieval period, such as those by Pugin, Butterfield and Street. There was a return to splendour in buildings and fittings. By the end of the period Gothic styles were the norm, revived and rethought for the new century.

Course aim

A survey of churches and chapels from the Reformation to the early twentieth century, including the classical churches of the eighteenth century and the Gothic Revival in the nineteenth.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

What topics will this course cover

- The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Nothing else is needed

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

The English Parish Church Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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