Betjeman’s Best British Churches

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HarperCollins UK, Aug 25, 2011 - Architecture - 896 pages

A beautiful and practical up-to-date guide to over two thousand of Britain’s best parish churches.

Although now most famous for his poetry, Sir John Betjeman’s great passion was churches. For over fifty years his guide, regularly updated, has been the eminent authority and the most distinguished guide to the best churches to visit.

This edition, in full colour throughout and illustrated with over 350 specially commissioned photographs, covers over 2,500 of the very best churches in England, Scotland and Wales. Fully updated by bestselling author Richard Surman, this is the most complete and up to date guide to Britain’s church heritage.


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This is a superb book, which has become a key reference for visiting historic churches. It is detailed, historically accurate, but also has a warmth from someone who has visited and "felt" the ChurchMy only regret is that there was a "App" which allowed you to locate the churches on a map and some limited detail.
This was fantastic for those times when you have time to waste, look up the nearest church and off you went. Unfortunately the App has not been updated and no longer works with more modern software versions.


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About the author (2011)

Richard has been a professional photographer for 30 years, working for leading advertising agencies & magazines. He was also a founder member and artistic director of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. He has lived in Spain for the last five years, writing and photographing articles on monastic and church architecture, in northern Spain. Richard also leads tours of European historical houses. Richard and his family divide their time between London and the Asturian mountains of northern Spain.

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