Author who brought churches to life
TRIBUTES have been paid to author John Lane who brought South Devon churches to life.
Mr Lane (pictured), who was also a former chairman and trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust, was the author of Devon's Churches, A Celebration — featuring several South Devon churches covering the history and settings of the different buildings.
He died on August 17.
Mr Lane was educated at the Slade School of Art and the University of London's Institute of Education.
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He taught in schools and at Bretton Hall College of Education in Yorkshire and, after moving to Devon with his wife Truda, became the founding director of the Beaford Arts Centre and was instrumental in the creation of the Orchard Theatre, the Plough Arts Centre, and Schumacher College and the international Centre for Ecological Studies at Dartington.
For many years he was a trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust, where he worked to continue Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst's experiment in rural regeneration.
He wrote numerous books over the years, all informed by his profound knowledge of the arts and his interest in contemporary spirituality.
Of these, the best known is Timeless Simplicity: Creative Living in a Consumer Society, first published in 2001 and reprinted many times.
He also wrote In Praise of Devon, a celebration of the county where he lived for more than 40 years and his final book, published in 2010, was The Art of Ageing: Inspiration for a Positive and Abundant Later Life.
His Devon's Churches book features Teignmouth Parish Church and Torquay's Our Lady Help of Christians, St Luke's and St Matthew's, Ipplepen Parish Church, and St John the Baptist Church in North Bovey.
Mr Lane was a director of Dartington-based Green Books for more than 20 years.