The Church and Chapel Interiors of John Loughborough Pearson

    SubTitle

    A selective assessment of significance
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        15 Sep 2017
        10463022
        10463022

        Main Summary

          John Loughborough Pearson (1817-97) was one of the most eminent and distinguished architects of the Victorian Gothic Revival movement, completing designs for over 200 new churches and church restorations in England alone over the course of his lengthy career. Although the architecture of Pearson’s churches has been studied in some detail, relatively little research has been undertaken to understand the significance of their interiors: the new fixtures and fittings (including moveable and portable items) which formed part of each commission, and the particular role of the architect in their design and execution. Without this understanding it can be particularly difficult to address conservation issues alongside the pressure for change and development to meet the needs of modern congregations and other factors. This report, which forms part of a wider national project looking at the works of prolific Victorian church architects, presents the results of an assessment covering a selection of Pearson’s church interiors dating from the beginning of his independent career in 1843 until his death in 1897. It is intended to assist decision-makers including Historic England, ecclesiastical authorities and members of the public who wish to ensure that the value of Pearson’s church interiors is fully recognised and taken into account when changes are proposed. It also serves as a pilot study offering general guidance for the development of similar research focused on interiors designed or commissioned by other prominent 19thcentury architects.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Research Reports

          Author

          Clare Howard
          Simon Taylor

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          296mm

          Number of Illustrations

          125

          Number of Pages

          240

          ISBN

          9781848024717

          Contents

            INTRODUCTION
            METHOD STATEMENT
            Initial Desk-Based Research
            Documentary research
            Fieldwork
            Consultation
            AN OVERVIEW OF PEARSON’S CAREER
            Early career: starting out
            Middle career: experimentation and building confidence
            Late career: becoming a master
            THE ROLE OF THE ARCHITECT
            Introduction
            The architects’ office
            Securing the commission
            Costs and estimates
            Design
            Construction
            Fixtures and fittings
            Stained glass and wall paintings
            Project closure and evaluation
            CONDITION AND INTEGRITY
            Planning
            Listed churches
            The integrity of Pearson’s surviving church interiors
            Heritage at Risk
            Churches no longer serving a religious function
            Demolished churches
            PRESSURE FOR CHANGE
            Access
            Upgrading services
            Liturgical changes
            Costs and maintenance
            Changing layouts and new uses
            Assessing significance      
            CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
            A major Victorian architect
            Pearson’s approach to church interiors
            Characteristics of Pearson’s interiors
            The survival and integrity of Pearson’s church interiors
            Need for more information
            ABBREVIATIONS
            endnotes             
            BIBLIOGRAPHY
            APPENDIX A: CASE STUDIES
            APPENDIX B: GAZETTEER OF PEARSON'S WORKS BY DATE
            APPENDIX C: gazetteer of Pearson 's works by county
            APPENDIX D: HISTORIC CHURCH INTERIORS QUESTIONNAIRE

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