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Re: Actor's Church
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1296  Monday, 13 May 2002

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 May 2002 10:54:27 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1279 Re: Actor's Church

[2]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Sunday, 12 May 2002 15:36:10 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1279 Re: Actor's Church


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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Friday, 10 May 2002 10:54:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1279 Re: Actor's Church
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1279 Re: Actor's Church

Don't forget all of the play quartos being sold in St. Paul's Churchyard
"as sundrie times played" by the various companies. Yet another
intriguing connection between the church and theatre.

Brian Willis

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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Sunday, 12 May 2002 15:36:10 +0100
Subject: 13.1279 Re: Actor's Church
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1279 Re: Actor's Church

Anthony Haigh wrote:

> I recall reading - somewhere in the dim and distant past - that the
> original rector of St. Paul's Covent Garden was something of a Puritan
> and requested that Jones build something simple - akin to a barn.  Jones
> is said to have responded "Sir, I will build you the grandest barn in
> London!"

It wasn't the Rector, of course, but our old friend the 4th Earl
(remember him, the Actor with his own private church?).  Sir John
Summerson (Georgian London, 3rd ed. 1978, p.30) gives the reference as
Horace Walpole, Anecdotes, 1888 ed, vol. 2, p.63.  It is only a story,
however, as there is no actual documentation linking Inigo Jones to the
church.  But Summerson does point out (Architecture in Britain:
1530-1830, 1970 ed. p.136) that Palladio associated the Tuscan order
with farm architecture, and its use seems to have been something of a
Protestant statement.  But having the portico (and the intended
entrance) at the east was a step too far.  The 4th Earl was not only
associated with the leading Parliamentarians, he was also a friend of
Archbishop Laud.  The Laudians brought pressure to bear and the design
had to be changed to the present, somewhat unsatisfactory, arrangement
with the entrance at the west, the altar at the east, and the portico
rather redundant.

John Briggs

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