A graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Nicholas trained for the Anglican ministry at Ripon Hall, Oxford. Inspired by a period working on the staff of Coventry Cathedral he has gained a wide experience of international matters. His doctorate from the University of Wales, Lampeter, is in Anglican Lay Ecclesiology based on studies in Brazil, Japan, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Nicholas is a Vice President of ‘Modern Church’ (founded 1898) the oldest theological society in the Anglican Communion. He is also interested in the study of Anglicanism both historical and contemporary and he is the editor of a website dedicated to the study of the subject, which can be found at: www.anglicanism.org.
Formerly bishop-elect for the Diocese of Lake Malawi in Central Africa (2005-2009), Nicholas knows Africa well. He has lectured widely on international and historical issues and has a particular interest in making history relevant.
His other interests have included several years as the London Area Chaplain for the Actors’ Church Union with responsibility for London theatres and chaplaincy. His own theatres were the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and the Strand (now known as the Novello). He has been a Chaplain with Swan Hellenic and he is an enthusiastic amateur musician playing bass in jazz trios and quartets. Nicholas is an accredited speaker with the Arts Society and twelve W.I. counties as well as a speaker for U3A groups, history societies and luncheon and evening groups. He still officiates regularly in various London churches.
Talks are given by Keynote or Power Point with projection and sound. I am happy to deliver talks in person at your venue, or online using Zoom or similar platforms. I can also host online talks for you to save you the time and trouble of setting up your own Zoom system. If you would like more information please get in touch using: CONTACT
A summer’s afternoon walk, the typical country church. This lecture will help you look at the architecture inside and out, the church furniture, those mysterious nooks and crannies, high and low. How and why did it all come to look this way? This will be a fascinating journey through English history unravelled before your eyes. “I can’t make you experts” says Nicholas Henderson, “but I can teach you enough to amaze your friends on that summer’s afternoon walk”.
Parts one & two: The pre-Christian to the Tudors
It is possible to ‘read’ the passage of time, of movements, cultures and peoples in the architecture and art forms evident in many of our older English country churches. This lecture takes us from the pre-Christian era, through the arrival of the Romans and onwards to the sixteenth century and the epoch changing Tudors. Simple indicators are given how to identify churches with Roman and Saxon origins. The great flowering of Romanesque and gothic architecture that followed the invasion of the Normans in the eleventh century are explained with illustrated examples. Onwards into the high Middle Ages and the tumultuous changes of the Reformation we can see the architectural and structural evidence of a period of great change.
Parts three & four: The Tudors to the present
This second part takes us on from the Tudor era into the establishment of a new Protestant England visible in church structures. Later the profound destructive changes of the seventeenth century Commonwealth era are followed by restoration and liturgical change. The largely forgotten Georgian period of church architecture is examined as church architecture that the Victorians forgot. In turn the great period of church building and gothic revival of the Victorian era and the associated innovations of the Oxford and Cambridge movements are examined in detail. Finally, there is a brief look at contemporary changes that have influenced and altered church buildings as the English country church continues to reflect the passing of the ages.
Collage left to right – Elizabeth of York, Mary and Margaret Tudor, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey, Mary, Elizabeth. Deadlier than the male, powers behind the thrones, formative figures in a tumultuous era whose various influences are with us to this day.
This series can be customised to include particular queens (and kings) or delivered in four lectures.
ANNE OF CLEVES – ENGLAND’S HALF-FORGOTTEN QUEEN Part two of Part two of a Tetralogy, a four part series available one part at a time or as a Study Day
Fortitude & Fancy – Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn
Fulfilment & Farce – Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves
Folly & Finale – Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr
Whatever happened after Henry VIII?
Talks may be customised to suit your requirements including bespoke talks. They are usually accompanied by Keynote or Power Point projection and sound I am also able to deliver lectures online using Zoom or similar platforms. If you would like more information please get in touch using the Contact form.