Originally a church, The Good Shepherd Church was built to accommodate a growing population and to provide for the elderly who had difficulty in attending the out of town parish church for evensong during the winter months. Built in 1889, at the cost of £1,250, in what was once called Sidmouth Street (now Queen Street), it eventually became redundant due to a dwinding congregation of churchgoers and was subsequently sold in the 1970s. The building was reorganised into three separate parts, the frontage belonging to the estate agents John Wood, the above floor latterly used by Anne Pengelly's Stained Glass Studio (The Good Shepherd Studio), and the rear used for the Masonic Hall.
I had the opportunity to take some photos inside when a meeting of the Axe Valley Heritage Society was held there. The interior has been modernised, and is quite different to the exterior. However, there are a few interesting features, and it was lovely to see it lit up at night.
The gate below, with the masonic compass insignia.
I also made a visit to the studio, which enabled me to take some interior photos of that part of the building too. The one below includes some of the work from the glass studio alongside the original windows.
Anne very kindly showed me photos of the original church, which I photographed (below).
And, a lovely surprise (below)...she designed and produced the stained glass insertion for the Masonic Hall, depicting the compass and the insignia De La Pole.
Some more photos can also be viewed in the Photo Gallery album along with these.