History - Church Explorers - St Mabyn, St Endellion and St Kew

Ref: C3529502

Starting at St Mabyn, we shall explore three churches dedicated to the Children of Brychan. All three achieved completely aisled plans by the Reformation and contain a remarkable saints' shrine with kneeling niches and two significant medieval stained glass windows.

Course aim

To introduce students to three different churches, with interesting shrine, stone angels, and stained glass, linked because their saints were siblings.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Some walking involved inside and outside churches.

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

  • Discuss how hagiographical traditions arise e.g. Children of Brychan legend brought from Wales to Hartland
  • Explain how dendro-dating, documentary sources and church architecture can be combined to provide more accurate dating (St Mabyn)
  • Discuss how saints' shrines and cults functioned (St Endellion)
  • Read a medieval stained glass window (St Kew)

How will I be taught?

  • 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 kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Good walking shoes and wet weather gear. Selection of pens, paper, note books, - smart phones, binoculars, camera etc. optional.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Nicholas Orme ed., Roscarrock's Lives of the Saints: Cornwall and Devon (Exeter, 1992) Peter Beacham and Nikolas Pevsner, Cornwall (Yale, corrected editions 2014 or 2017)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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History - Church Explorers - St Mabyn, St Endellion and St Kew


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