Two vintage films

Made by David S Percy of the NBA Film Unit for European Architectural Heritage Year in 1975, Hampstead Garden Suburb is a documentary celebrating the history of one of the first garden suburbs. The production includes extensive aerial photography of the area and features the history, architecture, planning...

A totally preposterous parson . . .

A new study of Evelyn Waugh and the first vicar of St Jude’s A Totally Preposterous Parson: Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier Basil Bourchier was once one of the most famous clergymen in the Church of England, held in the highest esteem by the many hundreds who flocked from all parts of London to hear...

An Invitation to the Dance

On New Year’s Eve 1919 Evelyn Waugh wrote to a girl called Stella inviting her to a dance at St Jude’s the following Thursday. Letter to be auctioned at Bonham’s on 18th...

The Reverend Basil Bourchier

  Basil Bourchier was born at Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, on 13 February 1881, the second son of the vicar of that parish, the Reverend Walter Bourchier, Fellow of New College, Oxford. He was educated at Bloxham School (St Mary’s Lodge Preparatory), Merchant Taylors’ School (1892-99),...

Evelyn Waugh and the ‘preposterous parson’

The novelist Evelyn Waugh, author of Brideshead Revisited and the Sword of Honour trilogy, was confirmed at St Jude’s on 29 June 1916. His family lived at ‘Underhill’ on North End Road, and his father was for many years a sidesman at St Jude’s.     “St Jude’s ....

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