Kingston in the Purbeck Hills
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Terry Hardy’s proposal to construct a long term small display depicting St. James, Kingston was first reported by George Pitman in ‘News from Kingston’ in February. Despite Terry suffering a minor stroke later that month, George informed us in March that Terry was still ‘rattling on with his plans’ for a display in the church. In April, George confirmed that Terry was going to mount an exhibition of his work on Easter Monday in the church. Having had a sneak preview, George commented “I can assure you of the excellence of the photographs and text. You will see parts of the church you have never seen before.”
Well Easter Monday came and what a treat was in store for everyone who visited. As
I approached St. James just before 2pm, I could hear the delightful sound of the
bells being rung. On entering Terry introduced himself and guided me to the display.
Wow! What a display it was. Terry had painstakingly photographed so many aspects
of the church building, its unique features and adornments, many taken from some
quite intriguing places and angles. No corner or crevice was out of bounds to Terry
with the help of Peter Buckle -
George Pitman was absolutely right about the excellence of the photographs and parts of the church not seen before. It was clear Terry had invested so much time in bringing the project to life, from visiting the church almost daily to capture the fabulous images, to researching the history, preparing accompanying commentaries and then mounting the display in such a way that everyone who attended could fully appreciate and absorb the wonder of this ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Purbeck.
Thank you to Revd. Gaynor Burrett, and to Peter and Cynthia Buckle, who opened up
the Chancel so that visitors could admire the beauty of so many of its features.
Over the course of the afternoon, well over a hundred people had been able to view
the display, to listen to the organ being played, to partake of home-
Many local craftsmen helped build this fabulous monument between 1873 and 1880 and I’m sure they would have been proud to see this fitting acknowledgement of their craftsmanship and skill.
Below are some images taken on the day of the display -
If you were not able to attend on the day, you now have the opportunity to view the
display from the comfort of your own home -
PS. This is just the first phase of the project -
Please note the pdf can take up to 3 minutes to download at standard broadband speeds.