‘Historic Churches’ Book to assist Cathedral Restoration

A revised, enhanced and enlarged second edition of the book Historic Churches of Barbados was just launched at St. Michael’s Cathedral as part of the local fund raising effort.

The new edition carries full colour photos in a new informative design that makes it appealing to both the academic researcher as well as the casual reader. It chronicles the architectural history of over 66 churches from various denominations in Barbados, their history and origins.

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Monsignor Vincent Blackett of the Roman Catholic Church, Author Sir Henry Fraser, Bishop John Holder, Rev. Dr. Cicely Athill-Horsford of the Moravian Church  who all signed copies of the book purchased on the morning of the launch.

Researched and written by Sir Henry Fraser, the book was originally conceived by Barbara Hill in 1977, when she compiled some architectural and historical notes on the churches in Barbados. She died before her vision for the book was produced but the notes were passed to Fraser by another heritage enthusiast – Jill Shepherd who encouraged him to take the project forward.

Needing little urging, he then did extensive research and added to the information and produced that first soft back edition in 1984 where the proceeds went towards the restoration of three churches – the Sharon Moravian and the St. James and St. John Parish Churches – all of which held fond memories for Barbara Hill.

In addition to a number of the Anglican churches on the island, the book also features the historic Sharon Moravian Church as well as four (4) other Moravian churches all of which have played a major role in the religious heritage of Barbados. There are seven Methodist churches in the book as well as the various Roman Catholic Churches – both the old and newer churches and the Nidhe Israel Synagogue.

The 2014 hard cover second edition is much bigger than the original publication with 185 pages of bright, vibrant photos, taken by well known photographer Mike Toy. The design is done by Neil Barnard at 809 Design Associates and it is produced by local publishing house Miller Publishing.

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Head table from left:
Archdeacon Eric Lynch, Publisher Keith Miller, Bishop John Holder, Author Henry Fraser, Canon George Knight (Priest in charge of Cathedral) Hartley Richards (Chairman Diocesan Trustees)

The proceeds from this edition will go towards the restoration of the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels as they seek to raise approximately ten million dollars ($10 million) to restore that building to its former glory.

Assistance towards the cost of the publishing came from Sir Richard Cheltenham who donated a portion of the money for the production.

The book will be available at a price of One hundred and Twenty Five Dollars ($125) at Mandeville House Henry’s Lane, at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Pages and other bookstores, the gift shop at St. John’s Church as well as at various churches around the island.

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