Coade stone works and Wilton Italianate Church
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Wednesday 12 October 2016 - 11:00 until 15:30
Coade stone was first developed in the 18th century by Eleanor Coade, who was employed by every eminent architect of her day and whose work is found all over Great Britain and around the world. The lost formula was re-discovered by Stephen Pettifer of Coade Ltd who has assembled a team of highly skilled craftsman recreating classical sculpture and contemporary pieces for private commissions. Created from stoneware using a secret recipe and then fired at a very high heat, Coade stone makes it possible to produce sculpture of the finest detail and durability, with the appearance of stone. Stephen will lead the group on a fascinating tour of the studio and works in progress at the Coade works on the Wilton Estate.
St Mary and St Nicholas, a Grade I listed Italianate style church was built between 1841 and 1844 at the instigation of the Countess Alexina Sophia Gallot of Pembroke and her younger son, Baron Sidney Herbert of Lea. Designed by the architect Thomas Hardy Wyatt in the Romanesque style it contains considerable Byzantine influences. Some of the more notable features are the 105ft campanile and a wealth of imported materials, including 12th and 13th century stained glass from France. The group will be guided by church warden Robin Hall.
This event has been organised by the Wiltshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.