|Church of St John the Evangelist, Hoylandswaine|
|Angels, Angels, Angels...|
|More Archangels at the top...|
|Christ, Mary and John in the window|
They have managed something remarkable, turning back time and bringing back to life something amazing and inspiring. The way that the village has embraced the work of Stanhope, a local lad, is an awe-inspiring thing to a Pre-Raphaelite lover like me. As I have reported before, the whole village got involved in the project, responding to the work with paintings, textile work and generally learning more about the treasure they had. I was really impressed by the sheer scale of the work and achievement when I went to see the mural. Also, there was a hint that the work has not finished and further adjustments could take place to restore the setting of the mural, repainting the roof to resemble one of its previous incarnations, more in keeping with the heavenly motif.
I encourage you to make the journey up the M1 to see the mural, and while you are there have a jaunt around the Roddam Trail, a copy of which can be downloaded here. Congratulations to the good people of Hoylandswaine and I look forward to seeing you again.