A Guide to St Chad's Cathedral Church, Bath Street, Birmingham.
Birmingham: E.M. & E. Canning, Catholic Repostory, Snow Hill, 1877. 1st edition. With a Short Account of the Catholicity of the Town Before and Since the Reformation, and the History of St Chad's Relics. 19cms x 13cms. Pp.72, frontispece + 3 further illustrations by Joseph Aloysius Pippet, ownership of Wm. B.Bickley (1877) with Latin quotation and further notation to reverse of front free endpaper, cracking to inner hinge of rear endpapers but holding. Dark crimson cloth, gilt title to front, spine and edges scuffed, wear to corner tips. Scarce. G+.** Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin and substantially complete by 1841, St Chad's is one of the first four Catholic churches constructed after the English Reformation and was raised to cathedral status in 1852. It is one of only four minor basilicas in England. The architect chosen to design St Chad's, Augustus Welby Pugin (1812–52), later became one of England's most renowned Gothic Revival architects. Pugin had converted to Catholicism in 1835, and spent most of the remainder of his working life designing Catholic churches, their fittings and vestments. St Chad's was the first large church that he designed which was planned, from the outset in 1837, to become a cathedral. Pugin lavished much care on the building, and described, in his letters, not only the architecture, but its decoration, fittings and furnishings. ** The Pippet Family are a family of designers and artists based in Warwickshire and Birmingham, who specialised in Catholic decorative schemes for churches, ecclesiastical metalwork and stained glass windows as well as some textile items. They were part of the British Gothic Revival, notably working for John Hardman & Co in the style of Pugin. Joseph Aloysius Pippet was apprenticed at John Hardman and Co sometime in 1853, becoming a reliable designer and design practice co-ordinator. He designed the interior decoration for Pugin's All Saints' Church in Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire, as well as wall paintings as for Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Cathedral, the latter of which had become hidden in twentieth century refurbishing but revealed in restoration work since 2019. He worked particularly closely with Pugin's apprentice and son-in-law J.H. Powell.
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