The Sacred Heart Church guided tour by David Holden

Yesterday/On Tuesday David Holden led a fascinating guided tour round the Sacred Heart church as part of Arts Week in Droitwich. He presented the story of the church and its wonderful Venetian glass mosaics, which include as a major feature the life story of our local Saint Richard de Wych.

Sacred Heart DAN talk-0880 David & cartoon

Although we only live round the corner from the church and have been many times, David was still able to introduce us to new facts and features about the church and the artists.

A real highlight was the chance to see the some of the original cartoons by the Solihull-born designer, artist and sculptor Gabriel Pippet, which were then so skilfully interpreted by mosaicists Maurice Josey and Fred Oates.

One of the group commented that she’d never realised all this amazing art work was there, despite living in Droitwich all her life. The fairly plain exterior of the church, which is modelled on a Roman basilica, doesn’t  give much away…Do go and see for yourself if you’ve not been. The church is generally open during daylight hours.

Text and photo: Ruth & Stewart Bourne

 

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