Interesting to see that the members of the national Church Monuments Society are leaving their London base to travel to Staffordshire for the CMS 2015 autumn tour.
The excursion, on October 24th, will have its main focus on the products of the alabaster workshops of Burton-upon-Trent in the 16th /17th centuries; and will visit St. Peters in Wolverhampton, Patshull St Mary, Codsall St Nicholas, Brewood Ss Mary & Chad and Penkridge St Michael.
The chance to visit Patshull St Mary is a special one, as the church is in a remote location in a rarely-visited part of the Patshull estate. Although maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust, it is now redundant, suffering from neglect – and infrequently opened.
The CMS has asked Robin Draper to lead the tour. It’s a wise choice.
Robin, who is based in Walsall, is of course well-known to the SHCT as the man who organises most of their member tours, and he is certainly an expert on alabaster tombs.
Robin is quite busy at the moment. He is doing a lecture on Burton on the 30th September about the ‘Tomb Makers of Burton Upon Trent’, and then is booked for the Newport History Society in January 2016.