Former Driffield School teacher publishes new book on church

Mike Wynn FRGS - New Book on the restoration of St Mary's Chuch, Little Driffield, 1888 - 1890
Mike Wynn FRGS - New Book on the restoration of St Mary's Chuch, Little Driffield, 1888 - 1890

A FORMER Driffield School teacher has published a new book to be released this weekend.

Mike Wynn of Lowndes Park, Driffield, will be launching his second book, following the success of his debut, The Growth and Development of Driffield and the Surrounding Area, a few years ago, on Sunday September 16 at St Mary’s Church, Little Driffield.

Mr Wynn’s second book, “The Restoration of St Mary’s Church, Little Driffield 1888-1890,” is based on a collection of old letters found by the ex-teacher in the church’s vestry in 2008.

Mr Wynn said: “These letters referred to the restoration of the church between 1888 and 18900. They include some letters from Temple Moore, a well known church architect who also did some work on All Saints Church in Driffield, remodelled Highfield House and designed one of the Sledmere Memorials.”

“Other letters are from the Diocesan in York to Canon Newton; some are acrimonious about the design of the church roof,” Mike added.

The book also includes letters accounting a seating plan for the reopening of the church and a letter from Buckingham Palace to name but a few.

Also including “A Short History of the Parish Church of St Mary’. Little Driffield,” by Dr. David Neave, fifty illustrations, photographs and an overview of Christianity in Early Britain and the early history of Driffield, the book costs £10 with all profits going to the restoration of St Mary’s Church tower.

The book will be launched and available to buy at St Mary’s open day on Sunday September 16 from 2pm - 4pm. The old letters and other archival material will be available for a unique public viewing before being deposited at The Beverley Treasure House.

There will be an organ recital, tea, coffee and cakes and a unique chance to view a piece of history in support if the restoration of a Grade 2 listed building.