George Fellowes Prynne

 

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LINSLADE Buckinghamshire
St. Barnabas

Interesting correspondence took place concerning the font.  Fellowes Prynne wrote:

July 17 1911

Dear Sir,

I have to acknowledge & thank you for your letter - I shall be very pleased to design a font for your church and would of course try to meet the wishes of yourself and your committee with regard to the design in every possible way, and I have no fear whatsoever on this score. But, as I feel true you will understand, competition in such a matter would be quite out of the question. If an Artist is not of sufficiently well known ability to inspire the absolute confidence of an employer the latter should on no account employ him - but when employed he may be trusted to give the best of his ability, and to work entirely in the interests of his employer.

I shall be pleased to make a sketch that shall satisfy the committee as long as it is clearly understood it is not to be in competition.

With kind remembrance

I am yours very truly,

Geo: H. Fellowes Prynne

He was also entrusted in 1913 with the enlargement of the sanctuary. The following is an extract from the Linslade Parish Magazine, September 1913:

LETTER FROM THE VICAR

MY DEAR FRIENDS AND PARISHIONERS,

I think you will agree with me that the recent enlargement of the Church makes the Chancel and Sanctuary look small in proportion to the rest of the building. As soon as I came here I thought how much better the Church would look if the Sanctuary could be enlarged Eastward. When Mr. Fellowes Prynne visited the Church nearly two years ago in connection with the work of the new Font, I consulted him on the subject and it was always my wish to ask him to enlarge the East end of the Church if the funds were ever forthcoming. Then came the news of Mrs. Simpsonís benefaction, and the churchwardens and I thought it best that the Church should first of all be enlarged by the completion of the North Aisle, and that the work should be carried out by the architect whose father [Ferrey] had designed the Lady Chapel, vestries and part of the North Aisle. This has now been satisfactorily done; and as a certain sum of money still remains beside the capital sum we have invested for the repairs and upkeep of the building, the Churchwardens have agreed that something can now be done to the East end of the Church. They have also assented to my personal wish formed two years ago, that Mr. Fellowes Prynne should supervise the work, having regard to the fact that he is a noted Church architect who is skilled in the difficult work of adapting old ecclesiastical buildings to modern requirements.

Mr. Prynne has therefore prepared plans and designs, which have been approved by the Building Committee and passed at the recent Vestry Meeting. A faculty is therefore being applied for, and we shall shortly receive tenders for the work. As the organ will probably have to be removed during the building operations, and as Mr. Hedges, after consultation with Mr. Gostelow, the well-known organist, reports that in any case a certain sum must soon be spent on the organ, the Churchwardens and I hope to take this favourable opportunity of bringing the instrument more up-to-date, if the money in hand allows us.
Under these circumstances we have reason to hope that the building work will begin early next month, and be completed early in the New Year. We can then invite the Bishop to come and consecrate all the additions to the Church, and we shall, I hope for many years to come, be free from the discomforts with which we are unfortunately now familiar.

Yours faithfully in Christ,

W. S. MAHONY