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“A church for people”
Review of Berwick Church

Berwick Church
Ferring, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“A church for people”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Forget the stuffiness of many old churches and see how The Bloomsbury Group transformed the interior of this church with their colourful ideas. It has an airiness and vibrancy that still resonates today. Taking a detour off the A27 to visit this will only take a maximum of 30 minutes but will refresh your senses. I doubt such free thinking expression would be allowed today without the heavy hand of officialdom stepping in to take control.

Visited July 2014
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English first
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“What a surprise”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

This small church has had its interior decorated by Duncan Grant and other members of the Bloomsbury Group. He was a conscientious objector and while working on a local farm was given this job while WWII was being fought. The 3 walls show the story of the life of Jesus in Renaissance style but with modern people. It is fantastic. He used all local people as models and even the sheep is a local Sussex breed. The crucifix on the back wall is reminiscent of those found in Italy from the 14th and 15th century. A real find! Please leave a donation to help keep it open

Visited May 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne UK
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“The Bloomsbury Set”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

On our visit to Charleston farmhouse we were told that Vanessa Bell and other members of the Bloomsbury set had been commissioned to undertake painting religious murals and various artwork within this nearby church.
The church is a Grade one listed building sited on a high rise of land with panoramic views. It is open to the public and the art work therein is even more impressive than that of Charleston - interesting as I believe they were professed atheists. Work includes that of Vanessa Bell, Quentin Bell (her son) and Duncan Grant. I would recommend buying the glossy guide to read as you view the murals and artwork on pulpit and chancel screen.
The clear glass of some of the windows adds to the ambience - nature as part of the whole. A tranquil setting but with a wonderful feeling of life/continuity brought about by the artwork.

Visited May 2014
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