Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 26 February 2011 the Oxford Movement and beyond

St Barnabas Church, Pimlico, London (1850s), the first Oxford Movement church – credit: Nick Garrod

Cardinal Newman and his fellow Tractarians scorned liberalism and celebrated dogma.

They championed Romantic medievalism over the Enlightened Reformation, and the Big Society over the embryonic welfare state.

Out with Jane Austen squire-parsons, in with gritty slum vicars. Classical bad, Gothic good!

We saw, played out in London’s buildings – not just churches – this 19th century battle for the soul of church and state: soaring technicolour theology, Jesuits and class rebels, Eton boaties and posh philanthropy in the East End.

Rob and the assembled get ready for another fascinating ride
Oxford House, Bethnal Green
Awestruck in the chapel

Lincoln’s Inn Fields
St Peter London Docks – entrance
University College quad
17 Park Village West

We are very grateful to Rob Hopkins for leading another fascinating ride

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