England's Thousand Best Churches

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Allen Lane, 1999 - Reference - 822 pages
Parish churches are England's glory. They enshrine the history of a people--their art, architecture, and faith. As public monuments, they house a gallery of vernacular art, from different periods and in a wide range of styles, that are without equal in the world. Award-winning English journalist Simon Jenkins has traveled the length and breadth of England to select his thousand best churches. Each entry is prefaced by a map locating the church and illustrated with full-color photographs from the Country Life Archive. Organized by county, each church is described, often with delightful asides, and is given a star rating from one to five, with the four- and five-star churches listed as the "hundred best." This complete guide is invaluable for anyone interested in touring England's best churches.

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User Review  - EricCostello - LibraryThing

Lavish, extensive survey of churches in England, with the criteria that the church must be readily accessible to the public -- something you don't see often, but is very practical. A great deal of ... Read full review

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Jenkins has produced a rich tome here which is just about small enough to take around with you. He hasn't just sat in his armchair and written this one. He has actually visited all of the Churches in the book. For added value we also have classic photography from the country life archive 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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