Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Image of the Week No 4

Each week we publish a picture (of a Georgian building) that's caught our attention by virtue of artistic merit or architectural/historic interest or because it shows a familiar building in a new or unusual light. We welcome contributions from home or abroad, so please get in touch  (office@georgiangroup.org.uk) if you've taken a photograph you'd like to see on our blog. Include something about the building and the circumstances of the shot if possible.  

Image No 4, taken by Josephine Brown, shows the tower and iron support columns of George Ledwell Taylor's 1820s Dockyard Church at the old Royal Naval Dockyard in Sheerness, Kent. Roofless, decaying and severely at risk, the church urgently needs basic repairs and, ultimately, a sympathetic new use. A number of unsuitable proposals have been put forward but the ideal solution, promoted by The Spitalfields Trust, would be conversion of the aisle space to flats, with part of the nave perhaps used to house a fine model of the dockyard by Rennie that is currently in the care of English Heritage. The Georgian Group has been actively involved in finding a long-term solution and supported the recent successful attempts to add the surviving historic dockyard, including the church, to the World Monuments Fund watch list of heritage in danger.  

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