A lecture by James Lomax,
Curator Emeritus, Temple Newsam House

The lecture explored the unique relationship between the parish church of St Mary’s Whitkirk and Temple Newsam House over five centuries. Although located within sight of each other the two generally retained a distant formality, with the spiritual needs of the household provided by the in-house chapel and those of the village by the parish church. On great occasions, the two would converge.

That changed when Mrs Meynell Ingram acquired the advowson from Trinity College, Cambridge. The lecture will consider the contributions of the Viscounts and their successors to the church and the life of the local community. We will also consider Mrs Meynell Ingram’s ‘other’ church, Holy Angels, Hoar Cross which she built as a spectacular monument to her deceased husband outside the gates of her Staffordshire home.

James Lomax is an art historian and writer who worked as a curator at Temple Newsam for 30 years. His book, Victorian Chatelaine: Emily Meynell Ingram of Temple Newsam and Hoar Cross was published in 2016.