Church lec­ture a hit with res­i­dents

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A HIS­TO­RIAN told tales from his­toric churches in the first of a se­ries of com­mu­nity lec­tures for the year.

Or­gan­is­ers re­port an ex­cel­lent turnout of 75 guests for the first in the se­ries of Lan­g­ley Lec­tures for 2015.

Matthew Hyde, an ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian who lives in Mac­cles­field, talked about some of the coun­try’s ‘lost’ churches. This in­cluded St Michael’s Church in Mac­cles­field, which was founded in the 13th cen­tury by Eleanor of Castille.

Heather Self, from Lan­g­ley Lec­tures, said: “Matthew told us that although there is still a thriv­ing church on the site, much of the orig­i­nal build­ing has been lost.

“He ex­plained there are still signs to be seen if you know where to look.

“Matthew took us on a fas­ci­nat­ing tour of some of the coun­try’s lost churches, from tiny over­grown build­ings to an enor­mous chapel in York­shire which is now an In­dian restau­rant.

“He talked about some of the many Welsh chapels, such as the Bethesda chapel which gave its name to the town in Snowdonia but is now flats.

“He showed one of the most fa­mous pic­tures of a scene inside one such chapel, a por­trait of an el­derly lady in a shawl which was so fright­en­ing to chil­dren that she may have con­trib­uted to the de­cline in chapel attendance.

“It was a fas­ci­nat­ing talk.”

The next lec­ture is en­ti­tled ‘Shale Gas – More Heat than Light?’ to­day (Wed­nes­day), 7.45pm at Lan­g­ley Methodist Church, Main Road, Lan­g­ley.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come and asked to pay £2.50 which goes to lo­cal char­i­ties.

●● Matthew Hyde, an ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian who lives in Mac­cles­field, talked about some of the coun­try’s ‘lost’ churches at Lan­g­ley Lec­tures

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