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ArtistMaker: Samuel SWIFT
TitleOfWork: St Paulinus
DescriptionOfPhoto: general view
DateOfCreation: 1875-1880
Dimensions: statue: 75cm high x 35cm wide x 20cm deep. niche: 95cm high x 35cm wide x 20cm deep.
Medium: limestone / sandstone
Location: Exterior of All Saints' Church
AtoZReference: (SE429408)
Postcode: S75 4DW
Street: Church Lane
TownOrVillage: Cawthorne
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b056ii~b
Description: Set in a gothic-styled niche above the North Porch on the exterior of the Church is the figure of a man in bishop's clothing with a crozier supported by his left arm and a book in his left hand. The right hand is held with fore and middle fingers extended in blessing.

Commission: The restoration of the church was carried out at the behest of Walter and Roddam Spencer Stanhope of Cannon Hall, Cawthorne, in memory of their parents. The architect was G.F.Bodley, who was also a personal friend of Roddam Stanhope Spencer, the pre-Raphaelite artist. He engaged Farmer & Brindley of Westminster Bridge Road, London, to provide ornamental stonework for the church. Samuel Swift, who was born in Cawthorne, had trained at Kensington School of Art and then gone to work for Farmer & Brindley. Swift's elder brother George was in charge of the Cannon Hall estate workforce, which carried out most of the work of refurbishment. [1]
Walter Spencer Stanhope, who provided most of the money, estimated the cost of the work at around 9,000. The unveiling of these pieces, and the commemoration of the refurbished church, took place on St Thomas' Day, ?21st? December, 1880.

Comment: St Paulinus was the first bishop sent to convert the inhabitants of the north of England.

References: [1] Letter from Barry Jackson: (28.2.03)

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