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Nigel Yates

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270133.001.0001

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Attitudes to Liturgical Conservation

Attitudes to Liturgical Conservation

(p.175) 9 Attitudes to Liturgical Conservation
Buildings, Faith, and Worship

Nigel Yates

Oxford University Press

The growth of the conservation lobby has resulted in considerable tension within religious bodies between those that have taken the view that liturgical requirements and pastoral requirements must be paramount and those that have urged that the meeting of such requirements must not result in the destruction or violent alteration of buildings worth preserving. Among most Victorian architects and churchmen there was little desire to retain Georgian churches and certainly not to preserve their liturgical arrangements. Ecclesiology was a crusade. Thus although there are few surviving examples of three- or two-decker pulpits, the pulpits themselves frequently survive even when the desks formerly attached to them have been discarded. Box pews rarely survive unaltered, but there are many churches where pews have been reduced in height, made uniform in size and had their doors removed. Altars were removed from sanctuaries only to be reused as vestry tables, or in side-chapels, or for some other purpose.

Keywords:   conservation lobby, liturgical requirements, pastoral requirements, Georgian churches, ecclesiology, pulpits, box pews, altars

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