When the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
were here two years ago they said this was the most interesting part of the house.
He is said to have handled more than 2,000 jobs--over twice as many as Scott--but this was because for more than four decades he was consulting architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
. In this role he would inspect, report on and not hesitate to improve other architects' projects for new churches or church restorations.
Henry Walford Bellairs of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
, and the purchasers, William Ewart Gladstone, MP First Lord of her Majesty's Treasury, and Henry Slingsby, elder of Nuneaton and ribbon manufacturer.
Often, the commissioning bodies bid up their prices, O'Malley maintains, to enhance their honor, while artists such as Filippo Lippi might bid down their fees, contributing their labor as a pious cause to their ecclesiastical commissioners
. No doubt, O'Malley is correct in seeing the market for these unique objects of prestige and piety during the Renaissance as imperfect; yet her data might have employed more sophisticated methods such as multivariate analysis to sort out and evaluate the interplay of variables such as time, regional differences, size of work, commissioning bodies, materials, etc., in determining price.
In 1875, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
made the land available for housing, which prompted a dig that uncovered Roman remains.
'You wouldn't cut the Arch Bishop of Canterbury because the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
have a few publicans and sinners among their tenants!'
Other chapters discuss the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
, the various volumes of reminiscences about the Oxford Movement, the Church of England 'under attack' (arguing that, 'It is not easy, then, to establish that Christian ministers were any less central to the activities of the society', except in large towns and with respect to education), and allied themes.
The Leas escaped development because until the 1930s the land was used as pasture by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners
, who then donated the area to the council as public open space.