I’ve visited quite a few Churches and Cathedrals while I have been in the UK and here is a glimpse of the some of them that I have visited. It is worth remembering though that none of my images can ever do justice to these beautiful buildings, or ever come close to creating any sort of idea about what they are like in real life. They are best experienced up close and in person. The effect that a building like these had on the working class population must have been beyond comprehension; they loom large over a town and the atmosphere within must have really made the congregation feel that they were in the house of God. The ritual of the service and those who presided over it would have made things even more impressive. I know that each time I visit a new one I feel very small, and often am in awe of what I see. What was it like in the 1600’s? bearing in mind that some of these buildings had been standing long before then.
Parish Churches, while not as grand as the Cathedrals are often beautiful structures on their own. My interest in them is mostly associated with the churchyard and war memorials, but I have been into quite a few and sometimes they are magnificent inside, the weight of ages heavy and the spirit of community represented within their walls. Most of these links open into a relevant blogpost and I have deleted those that only point to a picture.
DRW © 2015-2021. Created 01/09/2015. Added images 13/09/2015. moved to Musings 27/02/2016, images fixed 28/02/2016, added churches to page 19/07/2016, 20/11/2016, added Worcester Cathedral 20/02/2017. Re-arranged images and culled those that did not point to a post. 05/03/2017, added Oxford Cathedral 24/09/2019, repaired missing images 11/09/2019, added GM Priory 15/09/2019