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Secret Churches


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A glimpse at some of Britain and Ireland's most intriguing churches, each harbouring architectural, historical or artistic secrets. Beautifully presented, Richard Surman's tour includes photographs of every church and an illustrated glossary. Can be used as a gift, reference or field guide. The churches of the Britain and Ireland are a unique showcase of craftsmanship and offer an intriguing glimpse into Christianity down the centuries. Some are celebrated landmarks, others are well-hidden, but every church harbours its own stories and secrets. The secrets of these churches span the centuries -- from the sixth century Irish monastery of Clonmacnoise in Offaly, to the 1960s Jean Cocteau murals at London's Notre Dame de France. Other churches form part of an historic landscape, such as the remote Romney Marsh churches or St Cwyfan's, perched on its rocky islet on the coast of Anglesey. Some churches give up their secrets on first acquaintance, others keep their secrets close, like the fifteenth century carvings of Rosslyn Chapel. All have their stories to tell, from the remote hut-like chapel on Orkney decorated with elaborate frescos by Italian POWs, to the seaside church in Whitby whose roof was made by local shipwrights. Featuring over 250 churches from around the British Isles, with colour photographs of every church as well as maps showing their location and an illustrated glossary, Secret Churches is an invaluable reference guide and a captivating read. Key title / Covers larger geographical area than other church guide books / Photographs of every church featured / Extensive illustrated glossary enables readers to appreciate key architecture / art features / Areas regionalised and other nearby churches marked so book will act as guide if people visiting an area. / Features a wealth of lesser known churches / Not as 'stuffy' as many of the church architecture books, this narrative style is friendly whilst still retaining authority. / A successful author his Collins published books have sold over 68,000 copies (Church Cats, Cathedral Cats and others)

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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.


"! a good gift, or a pleasing book to use for planning interesting days out." Your Family Tree

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