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Wednesday 16 January 2008

Unveiling of Millom memorial

Millom was designed by the Ulverston architect Dean John Brundrit (1870-1939). His original drawing for the memorial can be seen in the heritage centre, accessible from the tourist information office in the station. The figure of St Michael was sculpted by Alex Miller (1879-1961) of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Glasgow born, Miller was apprenticed to Miss Anstruther a woodcarving teacher who later married Duncan Mackay of Plockton. She corresponded with Charles Robert Ashbee of the Guild of Handicrafts who offered Miller a job, to create and have charge of the Guild’s woodcarving and modelling division. In 1908 Miller established ‘Messrs Miller and Hart, Architectural Sculptors and Carvers’ with younger brother Fred Miller at The Studio, Long House, Chipping Campden.
The informal partnership of Brundrit & Miller was constructive, there are a number of instances of them working together in Furness around the time of the Great War, most notably on the Coronation Hall, Ulverston, designed by Brundrit, where Millers plasterwork remains a striking feature. At Great Urswick Miller's astonishing woodcarving in the parish church and his illuminated Roll of Honour was complimented by Brundrit's memorial cross. There are almost certainly other unacknowledged instances in the district of their working together. Miller certainly created the reredos at Lindal parish church and possibly that at Millom.
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