A. Wainwright Afternoon. St Mary’s Church, Bolton-on-Swale. Sat 13th July 2024.


    A. Wainwright Evening

    Location: St Mary’s Church, Bolton-on-Swale
    Date: Saturday, 13th July
    Time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm (including interval)

    Yorkshire-born engineer Chris Butterfield’s lifelong love of the outdoors and admiration for Alfred Wainwright inspired him to build an extensive archive honouring the world-famous fell walker and safeguarding his legacy.

    Assisted by his wife, Priscilla, Chris has amassed an impressive private collection of Wainwright materials and created the popular Facebook group Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia and website alfredwainwright.co.uk.

    At St. Mary’s Church, Chris will discuss Alfred Wainwright’s life, his book publishing history, and how it all began over 70 years ago. Attendees will also learn the story behind his A Coast to Coast Walk guidebook, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

    Discover the story behind the once-thought-lost church visitor book, signed by Wainwright in 1989 during the filming of the BBC TV series based on the Coast to Coast Walk. This thirty-five-year-old book will be revealed to all at the event.

    There will also be several rare short films, including a tribute to Wainwright’s close friend and former Westmorland Gazette book publishing manager, Andrew Nichol, 91. The film documents Andrew’s extraordinary ascent to Innominate Tarn atop Haystacks in October 2023 with the help of the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, where he paid his respects to Wainwright, at the spot where his ashes scattered over thirty years ago.

    Sadly, Andrew passed away a few months after fulfilling his final wish to visit the tarn. Emmy-nominated filmmakers Chris and Lorena Linke have meticulously crafted this film to honour both Andrew and Wainwright’s legacy and friendship.

    Chris, the author of Wainwright Memories, has published numerous articles about Wainwright and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the life, work, and achievements of the late, great fellwanderer.

    The event will conclude with a Q&A session and book signing.

    All sale royalties will be donated to St Mary’s Church and the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

    Tickets: £10.00 (also available at the door).

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