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Reviews of our last meetings



On 21 May Dr James Mawdsley took members and guests on a Tour of the Cemetery and then the Church of St James We were fortunate in having a pleasant warm evening.  James drew our attention to various points of interest on the outside of the Church and in the Cemetery.  A large monument on the Goodier family grave brought mention of Preston North End.  William Sudell, who had been instrumental in making North End so successful in the late 19th century, had, it seemed, funded the success by embezzling thousands of pounds from the Goodier family business, of which he had been the manager, to pay players wages and expenses.  He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 3 years.  Inside the church there was much of interest about both people and artifacts, but worth mentioning in this short article are the chandelier from 1793 (one of a few examples in Lancashire but a particularly nice one), the choristers’ memorial placques behind the choir stalls (not commonly seen in churches), and a small portable communion set.  The church web site has a useful summary of the history of the church, mentioning just some of the detailed information we were given by James.  Throughout we were accompanied by the peal of bells as the bell ringers had their usual Monday evening practice session.  Our thanks to James for the tour and to David Ward and Martin Coane for allowing us into the Church and making it possible.


Our talk on 19 March by Ralph McMullen, “Brindle and the Gerards – A Tale of Adventure and Loss”, gave us a fascinating insight into the rich history of the village. The Gerard family owned the Brindle Estate for two hundred and fifty years before losing it in 1572 in the reign of Elizabeth 1. The story, which, for Ralph began in Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire, was the story of two men, Thomas Gerard and his son, John, a Jesuit priest and Brindle’s own Scarlet Pimpernel. Both were at various times imprisoned in the Tower of London and survived. Thomas unfortunately lost the Brindle Estate in the process to the Cavendish family. Thank you, Ralph. We all enjoyed it enormously.