English Cathedral Architecture: St Paul's to The Present Day

Ref: C3744578

We will focus on the most outstanding post-Reformation architectural work, starting from Wren's post-fire replacement of Old St Paul's. Birmingham and Derby represent 18th century church building chosen for new 20th century dioceses. Augustus Pugin designed for the Catholic church, including his cathedrals for Birmingham and Southwark, and the Duke of Norfolk's 19th century churches at Arundel and Norwich were later elevated as Catholic cathedrals. In the 20th century Liverpool saw remarkable rivalry as Anglican and Catholic cathedrals took shape from the designs of Scott, Lutyens and Gibberd. Intriguing architectural additions including those at Bradford and St Edmundsbury, raised to cathedral status in the early 20th century. New Catholic building in the later 20th century included Clifton and Brentwood. We will conclude with Edward Maufe's cathedral for the new diocese of Guildford and Basil Spence's remarkable design for Coventry.

Course aim

From St Paul's to St Edmundsbury via Westminster, Liverpool, Guildford and Coventry, the Reformation did not end cathedral building in England. We will investigate the architectural response to expanding congregations - both Anglican and Catholic.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • assess the way in which new work was carried out - in particular to recognise the choice of architectural styles
  • consider the functional success of the design approach adopted (i.e. new build, existing parish church, existing church developed with substantial new work)
  • recognise the choices of construction materials and building methods - traditional and modern

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
  • Presentations with images and colour notes provided for each session

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Arranging visits to study cathedrals covered by this course

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English Cathedral Architecture: St Paul's to The Present Day

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