A Totally Preposterous Parson

Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier

14 March to 24 June 2018
  • First floor landing exhibition

A Totally Preposterous Parson:

Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier

Wednesday 14 March – Sunday 27 June

Evelyn Waugh, the distinguished twentieth century writer, grew up in North End Road, on the boundary between Golders Green and Hampstead.  With his father, the publisher Arthur Waugh, he attended the newly opened church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, and came under the influence of its flamboyant and outspoken young vicar, Basil Bourchier. In later life, and after he had become a Roman Catholic, Waugh ridiculed Bourchier, calling him a "totally preposterous parson".  This small exhibition curated by Reverend Alan Walker, seeks to reconsider their relationship and rediscover a local clergyman who performed on the national stage.