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England's Thousand Best Churches Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2001
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Even without many pictures, the writing here is very vividly descriptive, and the brief histories of the churches establish the individuality of each building. The author's introduction is particularly sensitive, as he explains how these buildings affect him personally, as well as his understanding of the cultural significance of old churches which can transcend even the original purposes for which they were built, to become the museum of England.
The descriptions are generally full and compelling. However, I took off one star from my rating, because, for the armchair traveller, more pictures would have been welcome. (How frustrating to read about glorious stained glass windows, and have no idea what they actually look like!) Only about one in 10 churches is illustrated with either an interior or exterior photo.
Down side: I was not impressed by the photos. Far too many are of interiors for my taste, and many of the exteriors are too close up to depict the churches in their full grandeur.