England's Thousand Best Churches

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Allen Lane, 1999 - Reference - 822 pages
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Parish churches are England's glory. They enshrine the history of people living far from the capital, court, and Parliament. These people -- their art, architecture, and faith -- are seldom recorded or celebrated; their parish church is their most public monument. Simon Jenkins has traveled the length and breadth of England in search of his thousand best churches. Organized by county, each church is described, often with delightful asides, and is given a star rating from one to five. The county sections are prefaced by a map locating each church, and throughout, the churches and their surroundings are beautifully illustrated with color photos. From the Norman grotesques of Kilpeck to the rose Madonna of Willoughby, these parish churches house a museum of vernacular art without equal in the world. Now in England's Thousand Best Churches, Simon Jenkins has brought forth this rich gallery for all to see.

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This excellent county-by-county survey celebrates the classic beauty, quirky individuality, and, in most cases, sublime resilience of England's parish churches, large and small, old and new, in city ... Read full review


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Simon Jenkins writes a twice-weekly column for The Times and a weekly column for the London Evening Standard. In the course of his career he has edited both the Evening Standard and The Times.

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