THE REMARKABLE PINWILL SISTERS By Dr Helen Wilson

THE REMARKABLE PINWILL SISTERS By Dr Helen Wilson

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HELEN WILSON: Born and brought up in Plymouth, Devon, and studied for a BSc and PhD in
Environmental Science as a mature student at the University of Plymouth, teaching there
for a number of years. Developed interests in local history, architecture and churches,
applying research skills to my main project of the last decade, studying the life and work of
the Pinwill sisters, ecclesiastical woodcarvers. This research led to numerous speaking
engagements across Devon and Cornwall and more recently developed into the production
of a book entitled ‘The Remarkable Pinwill Sisters’.

TALK: The Pinwill sisters, Mary, Ethel and Violet, learnt to carve as teenagers during the
restoration of their father’s church at Ermington, Devon. With the patronage of architect
Edmund H. Sedding, they established a professional woodcarving business, Rashleigh,
Pinwill & Co. in 1890, which later relocated to Plymouth. After about 1907, Violet ran the
business single-handedly, with a workforce of nearly 30 carvers and joiners during the peak
years, establishing one of the best wood and stone carving companies in the West Country.
By the time Violet died in 1957, there were over 650 pieces of carving work in more than
180 churches in Devon and Cornwall.

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