The amazing Victorian Gothic architecture of Princethorpe College will be on show for a visit by the Art Fund on Thursday, February 24.
The tower and church of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Peter Paul Pugin and completed in 1901, will be the focus of the visit which will be guided by former deputy head Margaret-Louise O’Keeffe.
It will also include the old church, with its ornate ceiling and stained glass, once used by the Benedictine nuns who purchased the land in the 1830s and which is now the college library.
The later church is considered a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic with superb stained glass, statuary and some original church furniture, with a Pugin canopy or baldacchino over the high altar.
The tour will end with readings from Pugin’s correspondence with the nuns, which give a fascinating insight into architectural practices at the end of the nineteenth century.
The visit takes place from 10am-noon on Thursday, 24 February, followed by a pub lunch, and is filling up fast.
It is open to members of the Art Fund and interested members of the public, who should contact David Page on 01564 773825 for tickets which cost Â£12 including refreshments on arrival.
The Art Fund organises events to raise funds which benefit many galleries including locally The Herbert, Leamington Art gallery and Museum and the Mead.