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

Oxfordshire has many important churches and this Vlog visits Buckland Church near Faringdon. ...
Join John Vigar and Ian Groves for a tour of four medieval churches on the edge of the Halvergate Marshes in Norfolk and a discussion of the local villages and landscape.The churches include many fascinating features such as two fine Norfolk fonts, s...
I first became interested in these unique memorials when I found the indent of one in a ledgerstone at Oulton. An indent is where the brass has gone but the shape remains. I have now recorded over 20 of these memorials in Norfolk, and realise they co...
Churches of the Kennet Valley. 23/07/2019 5pm to 26/07/2019 1pmThis 3-night course is based at Denman College near Abingdon. Transport is included for two full day outings and selected trains are met at Didcot or Oxford stations for those coming with...

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