Images used for the article by Fr Andrew Unsworth in the NWCH Journal 2019 can be found here.
Gerard Manley Hopkins : the Lydiate Connections by Will Daunt
Gerard Manley Hopkins' poetry had an enormous influence on the evolution of twentieth century poetry in English, and two of his most distinctive poems were written while he was posted to the Jesuit church of St. Francis Xavier, in Liverpool in 1880-1881. 'Felix Randal' tells of the life and death of a parishioner that the poet had ministered to. 'Spring and Fall' was composed during one of Hopkins' frequent visits to the village of Lydiate, where he was sent to say Mass at Rose Hill House. This local guide reflects particularly on what might have inspired the poem: the countryside, the people and Hopkins' own life. It includes specially-commissioned artwork by Susan Hodgkins, and concludes with a local guided walk and an Afterword by the renowned Hopkins scholar, Professor Joseph Feeney S.J.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to the charity, Hospice Africa.
The book was published in June 2019. The author will be giving a talk on Hopkins at 7.30 on Monday 22 July, at Lydiate Village Centre, Lambshear Lane, Lydiate L31 2LA. Copies of the book (cover price £6) will be on sale for £5.
The book is available from Amazon here. It will soon be available from Waterstone's in Ormskirk.
To mark this bicentenary, two articles from our journal, usually restricted to members, are made available here: one is on Wigan's first post-Reformation Catholic church of 1688, and the other is on the controversy that led to the building of two Catholic churches about a hundred yards apart in 1819.
To further mark the bicentenary, we make available another article from our journal. This article from the 2017 volume is on Thomas Mewburn Crook, the sculptor who carved most of the sculptures in St Mary's.