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By Richard Surman

A appealing and sensible up to date advisor to over thousand of Britain’s top parish churches.

Although now most famed for his poetry, Sir John Betjeman’s nice ardour used to be church buildings. For over fifty years his consultant, frequently up-to-date, has been the eminent authority and the main extraordinary consultant to the simplest church buildings to visit.

This re-creation, in complete color all through and illustrated with over 350 in particular commissioned photos, covers over 2,500 of some of the best church buildings in England, Scotland and Wales. totally up-to-date by means of bestselling writer Richard Surman, this is often the main entire and recent advisor to Britain’s church heritage.

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The church used to be restored in 1855 at Queen Victoria’s fee in reminiscence of John Camden Neild, an area landowner who left his fortune to the Queen after his dying within the 1850s. OLNEY † St Peter and St Paul 8m/13km N. of Milton Keynes OS SP889509 GPS fifty two. 1499N, zero. 7008W The view from the S. around the water meadows of the Ouse is memorable. The tall broach spire and the luxurious chancel home windows, all the 14th century, remind one who Northamptonshire is simply a mile or away. within is big and ethereal, yet seriously scraped. The pulpit within the S. W. nook was once utilized by John Newton, vicar within the 1760s, who, along with his buddy William Cowper, wrote the Olney Hymns. PENN † Holy Trinity 3m/4km N. W. of Beaconsfield OS SU916932 GPS fifty one. 6309N, zero. 6775W There are fabulous perspectives from the churchyard. The church, of splendidly various textures and fabrics, with nice porches, has a medieval constitution, the roof of c. 1400 being one of many best within the county. however it used to be a lot altered through the Penns and Curzons within the 18th century, that's the date of the chancel and its fittings, and plenty of of its monuments. the good treasure is the 15th-century Doom portray on oak forums set over the chancel arch; it was once present in the roof in 1938. The sequence of brasses is sweet for gown; and within the centre aisle is the tombstone of a descendant of William Penn, Quaker and founding father of Pennsylvania. TATTENHOE: ST GILES – a number of the stonework and architectural information of this humble little church are notion to have come from close by Snelshall Priory, a damage by way of the mid-16th century PITSTONE † St Mary 8m/13km E. of Aylesbury OS SP942149 GPS fifty one. 8251N, zero. 6341W church buildings Conservation belief This small church mendacity in chalk fields lower than the Chilterns has a so much passable inside, with paintings of many dates and textures; 13th-century capitals like Ivinghoe, 15th-century nave arcades, a 12th-century font – the complete ruled through an outstanding Jacobean pulpit and tester. QUAINTON † Holy pass and St Mary 6m/10km N. W. of Aylesbury OS SP749201 GPS fifty one. 8749N, zero. 9120W The church stands a bit except the village in a bunch with almshouses and a Carolean rectory, and instructions a beautiful view over the vale. It was once badly mauled through 19th-century restorers, who endowed it with a colossal roof and hideous tiles, however it is awesome for the best seventeenth- and 18th-century sculpture within the county. within the nave are monuments via Stayner, William Stanton, Leoni and M. C. Wyatt, yet contained in the tower (too usually locked) are the relocating figures of Justice Dormer and his spouse sorrowing over their lifeless son – a piece of genius lengthy attributed to Roubiliac, yet extra latterly believed to were sculpted through Michael Rysbrack, c. 1728. RADNAGE † St Mary 6m/10km N. W. of excessive Wycombe OS SU786979 GPS fifty one. 6748N, zero. 8646W Perched at the wooded slopes of the tumbled floor at the back of the Chiltern scarp less than Bledlow Ridge is a scattered village of a number of ‘endships’, one in all that's clustered round the church and rectory. the outside, of partially plastered chalk and flint with brick upkeep, suits completely into the panorama.

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