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Church Explorer's Handbook
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2005
According to author Clive Fewins this is a book not to be read - and it is
easy to see what he means.
The Church explorers Handbook is just that. It is designed to accompany you
in your anorak pocket, car glove compartment, or cycle saddlebag.
But first you have to be interested in the subject. The author makes a good
case for church exploring as a pastime. You see lots of countryside, it is
an active hobby, you can do it all the year round, it is packed with
interest, and it costs you nothing.
According to Clive Fewins there are some 30 million people a year now
visiting churches and cathedrals in the UK. It is a far more popular pastime
than many people realise.
Reading this book I can quite understand why. Church buildings are packed
with interest, and they tell us masses about our country and our British way
of life.
This bright, breezy and compact book has been a real eye-opener for me. It
is solid and beautifully produced. Ideal for the jacket pocket, in fact,
although I have chosen to keep the book in my car glove compartment..
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2005
I love looking at churches but mostly I don't really know what I'm looking at. This book has been beautifully written in such a friendly, readable way that I've discovered all sorts of fascinating things ... I used to think that the ring on the door was just a door knocker .. now I know that it's a sanctuary ring and that fugitives simply had to clutch it to afford themselves protection (I always thought they had to get inside the church).
I really would like to thank Clive for opening my eyes to all sorts of 'obvious' things I'd been missing all this time - I can now tell a corbel from a gargoyle - and I can't wait to explore with my eyes opened now.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2009
I bought a couple of book to try and find out more about the country churches in the UK, and out of all the books I bought this one is streets ahead of the others!

Well illustrated, factual and concise in its coverage, you need look no further for an informative guide on the subject.

Highly, highly recommended!
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
This reviewer concurs entirely with the previous two reviews and seeks only to add a few observations and remarks which may help the reader to decide if this is the right Church guide for his or her own particular needs and wishes.

Firstly, this is a very well prepared, presented and planned guide which is packed with useful information and helpful informative articles. The Foreword is by one Andrew Lloyd Webber - whom we may just have heard of - and, as founder of the Open Churches Trust, he writes with passion about the usefulness of this book and its ability to aid us as we visit one or more of the 16,000 or so churches which grace our islands.

Indeed, Clive Fewins, the author of this work, himself holds nothing back regarding the aims of the book: "This handbook is an aid to people who like to go out and explore churches." And there can be little doubt that Fewins has triumphed in producing a handbook which fulfills that task admirably and many, many more tasks besides. The author also intends that the reader need not be an 'expert' of ecclesiatical architecture or the like to glean benefit from the book; right again.

The book is systematic in its approach and is designed to be 'dipped into' - again, to employ the author's own words. Each chapter essays a particular topic or approach, for example, Chapter 1 is simply entitled 'The Church from Outside', similarly Chapter 3, Inside a 'Church' et al. The handbook includes its own gazetteer and Fewins is even courageous enough to add a list of some 1000+ churches which are reckoned to be "worth making a detour to visit"; this list includes samples from every county in England, Scotland and Wales - no mean achievement by any
standards!

For anybody who enjoys visiting the wonderful churches of our land, this book comes supremely recommended, by this reviewer, quite literally from every aspect.

Michael Calum Jacques (author of 1st Century Radical: the shadowy origins of the man who became known as Jesus Christ)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2012
Often churches and cathedrals are on the visiting or photo list when visiting a place, this book gives you a good insight into what's what and why the church your visiting may be special, a sort of field guide to churches
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Why did I drop a star? Simply because I felt that an explanation of the hierarchy of the clergy would have helped (I know this isn't a book based upon religious beliefs, but context helps) and some of the diagrams aren't printed as clearly as they could be. Pocket book? Yes, if you have big pockets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
I bought this book for my sister, an avid architectural buff, who was really pleased with how much the book covered. efficiently delivered and well packaged as always.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2014
Useful if you are going to see a lot of churches. Tells you all the basics and a bit more besides.
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on 7 May 2015
Great book and fast delivery
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on 21 May 2015
Fine
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