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Frederick Preedy and the Gothic Revival

7.30 pm

The Chairman, on holiday in Germany, introduced the talk via Zoom; five people were on Zoom and 27 were present in the Hall at Badsey Community Sports & Social Club.  A minute’s silence was observed at the beginning of the meeting to mark the Queen’s passing.  Gerry Harte of the Vale of Evesham Historical Society then went on to give a most informative talk about the life and work of architect and stained glass artist, Frederick Preedy, who was born at Offenham in 1820.  His family lived there until 1840 when they moved to Fladbury. Preedy is thought to have been responsible for about four hundred figurative windows over a 34-year period. Major commissions included work in Worcester Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and Ely Cathedral. He died in 1898.

Our very own Badsey Church has a Preedy window.  The window is in the north transept and is dedicated to Edward Appelbee who died in 1851.