George Fellowes Prynne

 

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introduction

When I was a young chorister at St. Peterís church, Staines, Middlesex, I always felt that I was singing in a cathedral. I probably had not seen a cathedral, certainly had not sung in one, but I had seen enough small village churches to give me the impression that the dimensions and colour to be found at St. Peterís must be like a cathedral.

Many years later, I found myself in the choir of All Saintsí church, West Dulwich, London. I felt at home in the building, despite its immense loftiness, and saw distinct similarities between it and my much loved St. Peterís. The two churches have more than just architectural features in common; they share an architect.

From this discovery came the desire to find out more, which led me and my fellow researcher, the Rev. Selwyn Tillett, to many parts of England, including Devon where I, coincidentally, was later to make my home for a while. Most of the research was done during the mid to late eighties. Laziness and another move, this time to the Shetland Islands, prevented any further work, until I found myself fired again to share my enthusiasm for this unsung architectís mastery.

I am no expert on architecture, a fact that will be patently obvious to the connoisseur. I am merely an observer of that which I find beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, and its converse.

My thanks to Selwyn Tillett for the hours and hours of travelling and researching he did with me, and his encouragement to get the project off the ground. My thanks also to Rundle and Jean Fellowes-Prynne for their help in supplying archive material, and to all the friends who have helped in so many ways.

Finally, the late Gwen Fellowes-Prynne, the architectís daughter-in-law, was an inspiration and a wonderful source of anecdote and background information. It is to her memory that my research is affectionately dedicated.

Ruth Sharville

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