Hafan Llyfrau Basged Man Talu Fy Nghyfrif Cymorth Cynigion Arbennig Cysylltu   English  
Dod o Hyd i Siop Lyfrau
Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Church Building and Restoration in Victorian Glamorgan - An Architectural and Documentary Study
Geoffrey R. Orrin
ISBN: 9780708318379 (0708318371)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Gorffennaf 2004
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 253x180 mm, 222 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Pris Llawn: £48.00 
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Cyfeiriadur A-Z i bensaernïaeth gyfoethog ac amrywiol eglwysi sir Forgannwg yn oes Fictoria ynghyd â hanes y gwaith adnewyddu a wnaethpwyd. 61 llun du-a-gwyn ac 1 map.

An A-Z of the rich and diverse architecture of Glamorganshire churches in the Victorian era together with an account of the restoration work carried out on them. 61 black-and-white illustrations and 1 map.
The blurb on the inside front cover of the dust jacket gives us an idea of the readership intended by the publishers of this substantial volume. The work is referred to as: ‘the standard work of reference for all those interested in church building and restoration in Victorian times for local historians, students of church history in Glamorgan, clergy, parishioners, librarians and architectural historians.’ From this statement it may be deduced that the work is not envisaged as a popular read. The work bears witness to massive research as a detailed reference work and not something you take down from the bookshelf for a casual read after your evening meal. This is not meant to demean the work of the author. There can be no rival to this work within the compass of the time, the Victorian period, and the intended geography, the old county of Glamorgan, which extended from Rhosili to Cardiff.

Reference is made to the various reasons for the massive building and restoration programme of churches that went on in the period. Much of the Church Extension was due to the movement of populations related to the industrial revolution. But apart from this, there were also doctrinal movements within the Church of England, which then included what is now the Church in Wales. One of the most important of these movements was the Oxford (High Church) Movement with its emphasis on what it considered appropriate liturgical practices. I know of a little church in Cardiganshire in which the whole interior of the church was redesigned in the 1830s to accommodate an altar against the east wall and a pulpit to one side and the reading desk on the other, irrespective of the fact that the space could only accommodate the new liturgical action at the cost of reasonable space to perform the liturgy with decorum.

Another interesting fact referred to in the Introduction, and is implicit in much of the information concerning individual church buildings, is that over this whole period the Church of England was already in the throes of what might yet turn out to be terminal decline. In 1851 a religious census of England and Wales on a particular Sunday revealed that only about 50% of the whole population attended any place of worship and of that 50% the Church of England attracted marginally less than half the worshippers. The author includes churches built in the Victorian period that had been demolished by the time he came to do his research in the 1990s. Churches were built for soon to be non-existent congregations.

Terence Thomas

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