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A CITY & VILLAGE TOURS DAYTRIP

THE MONUMENTS MAN

Join The Monuments Man, Blue Badge Guide Robin, for a fascinating day decoding church monuments in which sound research meets detective work.

The art of the British Isles, changing fashions in dress and cultural attitudes towards death are tied up in these creative works. We visit four churches in and around Stafford.


Meet Robin in Stafford at 10.30am for morning coffee (included). Our starting point will be St Chads in Stafford, where in addition to a monument to Dr Johnson's step daughter there is important Romanesque sculpture, some of it believed to be the work of Arabic stonemasons who came to Stafford during the Crusades.


Some monuments carry signatures of their authors and patterns of stylistic similarity have been plotted workshop by workshop. Be warned this mixture of history and detective work can be very addictive! We break for free time for lunch around the handsome market square.


In the afternoon by coach out into the countryside. Access to churches will, of course vary, but the three afternoon visits will be drawn from a list that includes Stowe-by-Chartley, Colwich, St Michael - burial place of the Anson family including Lord Lichfield and the classical monuments of the Chetwynds and Talbots at St Mary the Virgin, possibly by Christopher Wren, on the estate of Ingestre Hall.


You'll learn how, from early carved grave-slabs or coffin lids, gradually effigies were carved in greater relief, finishing up completely in the round leading in the mediaeval period to the grand age of the alabaster monument. We examine the impact of foreign influence on British design and how the influence of Ancient Rome (Baroque) gave way to Ancient Greece (Neoclassical) with the arrival of the Elgin Marbles.


We see how monuments came back full circle to the mediaeval penchant for recumbent effigies with the Victorian passion for Gothic until 20th century religious and social attitudes discouraged large showy tombs and the age of the grand monument was over.


We'll stop at the last church for a cup of tea and some biscuits before making tracks for home at 4.45pm.


And who knows a new hobby might have been born!


Adults & Seniors: £33 Includes morning and afternoon coffee and church donations.

Available Mon to Sat all year.

This itinerary is also available as a one night SleepOver staying at Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford. Enjoy an after dinner talk, The Monuments Man tour plus a visit to Birmingham or Ironbridge.


Adults & Seniors: £33


Includes morning and afternoon coffee and church donations.


Available Mon to Sat all year.


This itinerary is also available as a one night SleepOver staying at Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford. Enjoy an after dinner talk, The Monuments Man tour plus a visit to Birmingham or Ironbridge.



Price Valid to 31 March 2020

25 miles

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