A sage of astonishing versatility

As historical figures go the Rev Thomas Gisborne of Derby (1758-1846) was extraordinary. Yet he was surprisingly uncommemorated, despite holding positions at a cathedral and three Midlands churches. He was a distinguished theologian but also a naturalist, social commentator, poet, flute player and apple grower. A close friend of numerous, much more famous men, he lives forever in … More A sage of astonishing versatility

From Grand Tour to Grand Church

My last article introduced a Victorian benefactor who built a magnificent church in Nottingham from the proceeds of industry (A Church Fashioned From Pure Silk).  In Mansfield, Nottinghamshire’s second largest town, an equally imposing church was provided through a very different kind of benefactor. Henry Gally Knight (1796-1846) was a man of learning, politics and inherited … More From Grand Tour to Grand Church

Rare Survivals

As this this blog has now survived for 3 years I thought I would look at 3 exceptional churches in Northampton and bring out some historical links with the help of 3 relevant books from the Bromley House Library collection. This small subscription library in Nottingham has never failed to provide material to illuminate the fascinating … More Rare Survivals