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Remembering William Butterfield

Thursday 17 July 2014

William Butterfield (1814-1900), the designer of Keble College, was one of the greatest British architects of the 19th century – or, indeed, any century. He lies buried in Tottenham Cemetery under a coped grave slab he designed himself. After a century, it has weathered and parts of the inscription are hard to read. In a decade or so they will be illegible.

The Ecclesiological Society plans to re-engrave the inscription using best modern conservation practice. The 200th anniversary of Butterfield’s birth falls on Sunday, 7 September and the Society expects to complete the project for then. This is delicate, skilled work and the cost is expected to be about £1,500. Keble College has very kindly made a contribution towards this project and this is most gratefully appreciated. However, further donations, or any size, are still being are sought. Donors will know they have done something to honour this great man who will always be inextricably linked with Keble. Their names will be recorded in the Society’s journal, Ecclesiology Today (if they wish).

The project is being co-ordinated by Dr Geoff Brandwood and he would welcome cheques made out to the ‘Ecclesiological Society’ at 2 Rothesay Avenue, Richmond-on-Thames TW10 5EA. If you wish to discuss anything, such BACS payment, Geoff is on 0208 878 4777:  He can provide a gift aid declaration form for UK taxpayers. If donations exceed the cost, the surplus will go to the current restoration work at the adjacent All Hallows’ Church, which has extensive work by Butterfield.