Medak Cathedral

Whenever Mr. Posnett talked to the Church Workers, who had together form the Circuits round about Medak, year after year, during the Hot weather, when all the Missionaries usually were away on the Hill Holday; he invariably pointed towards the Church, which at that time was still under construction, and exclaimed at the top of his voice: "MY BEST FOR MY LORD".


The beginning

The first sods for the construction of the Church were cut in January 1914 and the building operations continued for over ten years. The Architects Messrs. Bradshaw, Glass and Hope of Bolton, England rendered yeoman service by sending from time to time more than two hundred plans, while the construction was in process.

A Tablet in the East Vestry has been placed in grateful recognition of their invaluable services.

The Construction

During the ten years, excepting perhaps when he was on a short furlough in England, all the years he was in the country, the Rev. C.W. Posnett, in the midst of his multifarious duties, both as the Chairman and the General Superintendent of the then Hyderabad Dist. attended the Methodist Church, and as the Superintendent of several Circuits in and around Medak, deemed it one of his most cherished tasks to devote as much time as he could spare, to every detail in the building of this Sanctuary, assisted by the Engineer in charge of the work and also experts whom he had invited from time to time to seek their advice, concerning famous in the Nizam's government by his ingenious skill as an eminent Executive Engineer of Special Constructions such as the Pocharam and the Nizam Sagar Darns, spared no pains in visiting Medak during the construction of the Cathedral, to offer his advice on the progress of the work to Mr. Posnett, who held him in great esteem and cherished his friendly interest in the construction.

The Rev. T. Thompson

In the building of the Church Mr. Posnett was glad to have the help of the Rev. Thomas Thompson, a no mean architect himself, not only to supervise the building – work, but also to bring it to its majestic completion, as we see it today, Mr. Thompson also supervised the huge College Building and all the other additional buildings on the Red Ridge.

Mr. Thompson's coming to Medak at this juncture from Circuit Work was most opportune, for it relieved Mr. Posnett of a good deal of his burden, which he was bearing alone, in connection with the building – works on this rapidly growing campus.

For all his devoted services, Mr. Thompson was appropriately rewarded when he received in marriage the hand of Miss Maise Posnett, the elder daughter of Mr. Robert Posnett, an elder brother of the Rev. C.W. Posnett. Robert Posnett Esqr. J.P. of Runcorn

This Mr. Posnett, the Managing Director of the Highfield Tanning Co., Runcorn England, was a great help to his younger brother the Rev.C.W. Posnett in his work in every way, He supported the latter in ever so many enterprises and had shown great interest in the Evangelistic work carried on by brother in the Hyderabad District of the Methodist Church, of which the Rev. C.W. Posnett was the Chairman for twenty three years.

Mr. R. Posnett contributed not a little towards the construction of this beautiful Church, apart from his Special Gift, the immaculate Marble Chancel Floor, in memory of his beloved wife, "Fanny Posnett".

A Memorial Tablet in the Church is an expression of gratitude of Mr. R.H. Posnett, on the part of the Indian Ministers and all the other Indian Church workers in the District, whose material needs received not a little generous consideration, when made known to him.

Sir Frank 0. Salisbury, R.A.C.V.O.

The Diocese of Medak owes a debt, which it can never repay, to Sir Frank 0. Salisbury, and Artist of International Fame, for the Three Stained Glass Windows in the Medak Cathedral, which are daily attracting numerous visitors of various descriptions: literates and illiterates, artists and artisans, experts and amateurs, admirers of art and the ignoramus, military and civilian, high and low of all Nationalities, of all Castes and Creeds; in singles, in twos, in small groups and in large crowds, There is hardly a party of tourists, going to or returning from an excursion via Medak, which does not stop to drop in to see the Cathedral and to admire the beauty of the windows, which proclaim in accents, though inarticulate yet resounding, the message of Salvation for mankind, depicted in the Three colourful Pictures in glass.

In the words of the Psalmist: "There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth,

Sir Frank Salisbury very much wanted to come out to Medak for the installation of the third Stained Glass window in 1958, but Medical advice was not in favour of his good intention, because he was nearly 80 years old by then. when he heard how much the Three windows were being appreciated by all people, irrespective of Caste, Colour or Creed, he wrote the following letter to Miss Emilie Posnett, the elder sister of Rev. C.W. Posnett who with her life-long companion, Miss S.A. Harris, had been an invaluable help to her brother in his work in Medak and all over the Hyderabad District, for nearly two-score years.

Dear Miss Posnett, How wonderfully kind and thoughtful it was of you to send on to me to read, the letter you had received from India. I was deeply touched to read how greatly impressed they are with the windows in Medak Cathedral. It has been one of the great joys of my life that I was able to carry out His work, and the only regret I have is, that I have not been able to see the Windows in the Cathedral myself.

If is a wonderful tribute to dear Dr. Posnett that his great work is being carried on in this beautiful Cathedral.

I send my very best wishes to you, and my sincere thanks for your kindness in letting me see the letter you had received from one of the older Indian Ministers. I much appreciate your kindness.

Yours very sincerely,

Frank 0. Salisbury

For some time it caused not a little embarrassment to the Bishop and other Officers in the Diocese, when they heard that the Customs Duty on the Crucifixion Window was so exorbitant, that they nearly gave up all hopes of getting it out to our country, because the Stained Glass Window, was classified under the category of "Luxury Goods".

Sir Frank Salisbury with his characteristic ingenuity was led to invite Mrs. Vijayalaxmi Pandit, who happened to be at the time the India High Commissioner in London, to his studio, where he fixed up the Window, for her to see the exquisite work of Art, of which her country would be rightly proud and which would only add fame to her country which, without any prejudice of Religious discrimination would surely appreciate the window as an object of art of exceptional beauty!

The High Commissioner was so struck with the rare beauty of what her eyes beheld, that through her good offices, the Customs Duty was brought within our means to take possession of it, which is now being appreciated every day for its exquisite beauty by all and sundry.

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