|Church of St John the Evangelist, Hoylandswaine|
|Robin of Modern Times|
|Thoughts of the Past|
Isn't it astonishing? The shrewd ones among you will be slightly nervous that I'm showing this image in sepia, and you'd be right because in 1961, due to an issue with damp, there was a spot of redecoration...
Rats. That's a lovely shade of cream. Despair not, Gentle Readers, as the good people of Hoylandswaine, together with art historian and Spencer Stanhope expert Simon Poë (who you may remember from my piece last year on Robin of Modern Times) have started work on uncovering the mural and restoring it to its former glory...
|Beginning the slow uncovering and conservation|
They are not working completely blind, as it were, as Christ Church on the Isle of Dogs has a similar mural, painted in 1914 by Frederick Hamilton Jackson from a design by Spencer Stanhope.
|Christ Church, Isle of Dogs|
Here is a link to a piece in the Yorkshire Post about the project, complete with video.
Further to all this they are also hoping to design a new stained glass window to compliment the Morris and Co window, and it will be designed in the Arts and Craft style.
This is one of the most exciting Victorian art projects I have heard about for ages and I look forward to updating you with its progress over the course of the project. Good luck to the fair folk of Hoylandswaine and I look forward to travelling up to see you at some point!