John E. Vigar MA, FSA Scot., FRSA

Ecclesiology

John Vigar`s specialist subject is ecclesiology – the study of church architecture and associated topics. He has written extensively on the subject and leads regular tours to churches across England, both as part of his own programme of activities, and for other organisations including Denman College and The Ecclesiological Society.

He is particularly interested in nineteenth century church restoration and his MA thesis was written on the subject of Church Restoration in the Diocese of Rochester. John has written the guidebooks for several hundred churches and is the author of books on the churches of both Kent and Sussex.
He has visited and recorded over 13,000 of the 16,000 Anglican churches in England and Wales.

Professional

Following a career in academia John worked for 13 years in the south-east region of The Churches Conservation Trust and he is a Trustee of a national charity, The Friends of Friendless Churches.

John is a member of the Advisory Council of The Norfolk Churches Trust and has previously served as Hon Sec of the Ledgerstone Survey of England and Wales and as Photographic Curator of  The Kempe Society. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Centre for Parish Church Studies.

He runs the www.kentchurches.info and www.hampshirechurches.co.uk and www.norfolkchurchtours.co.uk websites

For details of John’s public church tours see the Lecture Events

 

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Latest Blogs from John

For the next 4 Monday evenings at 8pm I am giving online lectures. The titles are as follows: Monday 6th JulyBedrooms, Banquets and Balls - an off-beat look at the English Country House Monday 13th JulyBritain with Betjeman - the architectu...
I'm presenting my popular lecture "Murder Sex and Mayhem in English Churches" via Zoom on the evening of June 29th.All you need is a computer or tablet and internet access. Full booking details hereMurder Sex and Mayhem - BOOKING...
Sadly, I have decided to give up arranging my public church day tours. I have been running these for over 30 years. They have been thoroughly enjoyable and I have met many interesting people along the way. These tours take a huge amount of organ...
An introduction to Saxon architecture ...

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