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Angel Architecture sponsors art talk

This year’s Uplyme Church Art Festival launches on Wednesday 22 August with a talk by local expert Pamela Simpson. Pam has taught in London art schools for over 30 years and now lives in West Dorset.  Her talk, ‘The Journey Towards Abstraction’, looks at aspects of paintings that led artists towards a new way of painting in the 20th century. These include early cave painting, Giotto, John Constable, Van Gogh, Ben Nicholson, Sonia Delauney, Mark Rothko and Bridget Riley. Tickets for the talk are £10 with proceeds going to Uplyme Uganda projects Tearfund and New Hope Uganda. Contact Sheila Stratton […]

West Bay chapel reopens as visitor centre

When the West Bay chapel reopens to the public on Wednesday 1 August as a visitor centre, it marks the latest stage in the life of a modest but remarkable building. ‘It was built in 1849 as a simple place of worship for shipbuilders, fishermen and their families,’ said architect and historic buildings consultant Kim Sankey of Angel Architecture in Charmouth. John Cox, of Messrs Cox and Son, Shipbuilders, was leader of the West Bay Wesleyan Society. Under his direction, the congregation laid the chapel floor joists direct on the sand of the beach next to the harbour. They used […]

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What is a listed building?

A listed building is a building of special architectural or historic interest that has been identified for protection through legislation. Listing is the process by which buildings are added to the statutory list by the Designations Team of Historic England. Compiled under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, the list includes a great variety of structures from castles to telephone boxes. Listing gives protection to historic buildings and requires their special interest (significance) to be taken into account before any changes are made to them that would affect their special interest (significance). Listed buildings are graded to […]

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Work underway at West Bay Discovery Centre

Plans are coming together to restore West Bay’s former Methodist Church and transform it into the West Bay Discovery Centre. Bridport Area Development Trust, the local charity behind the project, has announced that after a formal tender process, R&C Building Conservation of Shaftesbury have been appointed the contract to deliver the construction-related part of the project. Angel Architecture involvement Trust Director John West said: ‘We are delighted with this appointment. R & C Conservation have plenty of experience of historic and ecclesiastical buildings. They will be working closely with our Project Manager, Daryl Chambers and Architect Kim Sankey of Angel […]