England's Thousand Best Churches

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Simon Jenkins has traveled the length and breadth of England to select his thousand best churches. Organized by county, each church is described—often with delightful asides—and given a star-rating from one to five. All of the county sections are prefaced by a map locating each church, and lavishly illustrated with color photos from the Country Life archive. Jenkins contends that these churches house a gallery of vernacular art without equal in the world. Here, he brings that ...
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Overview


Simon Jenkins has traveled the length and breadth of England to select his thousand best churches. Organized by county, each church is described—often with delightful asides—and given a star-rating from one to five. All of the county sections are prefaced by a map locating each church, and lavishly illustrated with color photos from the Country Life archive. Jenkins contends that these churches house a gallery of vernacular art without equal in the world. Here, he brings that museum to public attention.
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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, town, and village. Jenkins, a veteran journalist and prolific author, shares his knowledge of the artistic and historic treasures stored in English churches with the gusto of a connoisseur, leavening his precise and vivid descriptions of each church's features with wry observations about the foibles of man, medieval or modern. He also ranks the churches using a five-star system. The text does assume some familiarity with the terminology of church architecture and the regions of England; fortunately, a glossary clarifies most terms, and maps and brief introductions to each county should help non-Anglophiles get their bearings. The general introduction outlines English church history and explains the criteria for evaluating the churches, emphasizing accessibility. Over 100 stunning color photographs from the archive of Country Life magazine, along with two indexes, one of artists and one of places, add to the appeal of this irresistibly browsable volume. Students of history, religion, and architecture will enjoy the lively insights, while the armchair traveler will be taken on a delightful odyssey across time and space. Highly recommended.--Vivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846146640
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/3/2013
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 632,382
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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Simon Jenkins writes for the Times and the London Evening Standard—both of which he has previously edited. In 1998 he was voted Journalist of the Year.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Museum of England vii
The Thousand Best xxx
Access xxxii
Sources xxxv
The Top Hundred xxxvii
Victorian and Later xxxix
Acknowledgements xli
Glossary xlii
Bedfordshire 1
Berkshire 13
Buckinghamshire 23
Cambridgeshire 41
Cheshire 55
Cornwall 67
Cumbria 89
Derbyshire 104
Devon 119
Dorset 143
Durham 168
Essex 178
Gloucestershire 201
Bristol 231
Hampshire 237
Isle of Wight 258
Herefordshire 263
Hertfordshire 279
Huntingdonshire 288
Kent 301
Lancashire 338
Leicestershire 350
Lincolnshire 363
London
The City of London 400
The City of Westminster 413
Greater London 425
Norfolk 441
Northamptonshire 485
Northumberland 504
Nottinghamshire 514
Oxfordshire 530
Rutland 556
Shropshire 568
Somerset 584
Staffordshire 623
Suffolk 636
Surrey 670
Sussex 682
Warwickshire 705
Wiltshire 719
Worcestershire 740
Yorkshire, East Riding of 755
Yorkshire, North 769
York 786
Yorkshire, South 790
Yorkshire, West 799
Index of artists 809
Index of places 814
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