Saturday, 6 November at 10.30 am.
St Mark’s Church, Hale, Farnham, by Benjamin Ferrey, was built in 1883, of brick and flint and the chancel of the church is of great interest; it is decorated with impressive murals of ‘the Song of Creation’ painted by local artist Kitty Milroy between 1911 and 1920.
It remains a mystery as to where Kitty trained, and who commissioned and paid for the murals, but the murals are an exceptional example of the Arts and Crafts movement. They have considerable local and national importance, and date from a period when few women artists made their mark.
There was deterioration including plaster loss, paint flaking, and dirt to the murals and they have recently been restored. Nick Seversway, Chair of the Kitty Committee, secured their restoration, and he has kindly offered to host the visit.
Upper Hale Cemetery is opposite and contains the Hale Mortuary Chapels, by local architect, Sidney Stapley, and completed 1872. These two small fling-faced chapels are now owned by Farnham town council and they have fallen into disrepair. The council plans to demolish the buildings if an alternative use cannot be found. Nick is happy to accompany the group.
There is street parking in Alma Road.
The charge for the event will be £7.50 per head which includes a contribution to the church.
As long as there is space on the event, we usually allow you to book for both yourself and a guest. When completing the booking form, you will be asked to select the number of people and put in your own details on the first page, then to put in your second person's details on the next page. The event fee shown on each of these pages is for the individual person - you will be shown the total amount due once you get to the summary page.
About the Kent and Surrey Regional Group
The group has run continuously since its foundation in 1994. We aim to hold around 10 to 12 events a year catering for a wide range of interest. Events include visits to buildings undergoing conservation and repair projects to allow members to see conservation in action, buildings and landscapes of historical and architectural interest, and visits to some of south east England’s most significant buildings including behind the scenes tours of Cathedrals, Royal Palaces and major military fortifications.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.
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