A change of style

A Change of Style

Design for the west front, Church of St Michael and All Angels, Folkestone, Kent

Design for the west front, Church of St Michael and All Angels, Folkestone, Kent: c.1869
Pencil and ink
Designers: G.F. Bodley and Thomas Garner
Artist: Thomas Garner
© RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections


In 1862 Bodley abruptly changed artistic direction. His revised design for All Saints, Cambridge abandons the foreign sources and coloured materials of 'developed' Gothic in favour of a more restrained style, based largely on mid-14th-century English architecture. This was far more appropriate for Morris's stained glass and decoration, which were inspired by English medieval examples. In 1869 Bodley suffered a serious illness that left him permanently disabled. As a result, he went into partnership with another former pupil of Scott, Thomas Garner (1838-1906). In the early 1870s they designed together the churches that are their most famous achievements.

 

Design for St Michael and All Angels, Folkestone, Kent

St Michael was one of Bodley and Garner's most influential churches. Although English in detail, it was based on medieval friars' churches in Belgium and Germany. Like most attempts at this date to add ceremonial to Church of England services, the religious procession depicted would have caused great controversy if it had actually taken place. The church was demolished in 1953.

 
 
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