Harris's Guide to Churches and Cathedrals: Discovering the Unique and Unusual in Over 500 Churches and Cathedrals

Harris's Guide to Churches and Cathedrals: Discovering the Unique and Unusual in Over 500 Churches and Cathedrals

by Brian L. Harris


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A super illustrated guide to the unique treasures that lie within England's churches and cathedrals, featuring 300 color photos and a county-by-county gazetteer. The unique, the unusual, the rare—Brian Harris has traveled all over England, and parts of Wales, in his quest for the most fascinating churches and cathedrals in the land. Each church comes with a list of must-see features—whether it be the glorious fan-vaulted cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral or a singular monument to children's toys in the church at Ghilham in Kent. Along with a gazetteer of more than 500 churches, there are intriguing, often amazing stories about every aspect of church architecture, from bells and mazes to stained-glass sundials and wooden effigies. Richly illustrated with 300 color photos and maps, this is an exceptional work of reference for anyone who loves churches or eccliastical architecture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780091912512
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.61(d)

About the Author

Brian L. Harris was a teacher for 31 years in numerous primary schools in Essex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and West Sussex, including the last 19 years as Headmaster of West Wittering Parochial Primary School. After early retirement from teaching, he became a civil servant for 10 years. He has spent over 50 years researching churches and cathedrals in England and Wales. Now retired, he lives with his wife in West Wittering, West Sussex.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Chris Smith     ix
Introduciton     xi
Map     xvi
County-by-County Gazetteer     xvii
Introduction to Selected Churches     1
A-Z Churches and Cathedrals in England and Wales     3
Maiden's Garlands     24
Wooden Fonts     34
Bridge Chapels     42
Lead Fonts     74
Thatched Churches     105
Graveside Shelters or Hudds     111
Church Clocks     121
Stories About Medieval Brass Lecterns     136
Bertel Thorvaldsen     139
Medieval Bronze Effigies     145
Fan Vaulting     152
Brasses     166
Church Dovecotes     182
Palindromes     183
Parish Armoury     186
Fonts - an Introduction     204
Nine Men's Morris     210
John Bushnell     212
The Three Living and the Three Dead Kings     221
Lead Spires and Spirelets     229
Vamping Horns     245
Wooden Effigies     246
Porches     265
Church Mazes     278
Bells     293
Wedgwood Fonts     302
Stained-glass Sundials     312
Seven-sacrament Fonts     318
Lily Crucifix     338
Medieval Stone Pulpits     348
Royal Arms     351
Medieval Brass Lecterns     362
Single-cell Apsidal Churches     365
Roof Bosses     374
Rhineland Towers     375
Round Towers     398
The Three Hares     412
Horses in Churches     413
Cresset Stones     428
Stone Reading Desks     429
Tournai Fonts     439
Stories Associated with Wooden Effigies     445
Dedications     449
Appendix     457
Glossary of Terms     460
Select Bibliography     465
Index     467
Acknowledgements     482
Picture Credits and Permissions     482

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