"Frederick William Dwelly" - Peter Kennerley

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Frederick William Dwelly died over 50 years ago, but his vision for the place of worship that both made and broke him still pervades.
His influence is there in the philosophy of inclusion which typifies the Cathedral's religious and educational activities; in the liveliness and relevance of services; and even in the rust and unbleached cotton of the cassocks and surplices, and the cream, black and red of special service papers.
In the estimation of many eminent figures in the Church of England, Dwelly was nothing short of a liturgical genius, but one whose life history could be so very easily lost. It was this realisation that spurred former Education Officer Peter Kennerley to embark upon research into the great man's life and legacy. Using sermons, letters and newspapers and the testimony of those still alive who knew him, the author paints a fascinating, though inevitably incomplete portrait of a truly inspirational man who was full of contradictions. He was ground-breakingly liberal in his views about inter-denominational cooperation, but he could also be dictatorial. He knew how to make everyone who was involved in the Cathedral feel valued; though widely loved, he was greatly held in awe. It was not really possible to say no to the first Dean of Liverpool Cathedral!
Such a mixture of character traits is, however, what made Dwelly such an attractive, charismatic and effective Dean. His foibles were at once his weakness and his strength; yes, he was less than perfect, but in the end his human faults merely served to make people warm to him.
Approximate measurements:
Height - 25cm
Width - 17cm
No. of Pages - 292
Weight - 700g

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