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England's Cathedrals by Train: Discover How the Normans and Victorians Helped to Shape Our Lives [Hardcover]

Murray Naylor
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2 Oct 2013
One of the jewels in the nation's crown is its Anglican cathedrals. Many, constructed after the invasion of 1066, stand as monuments to the determination and commitment of their Norman builders. Others have been built in later centuries while some started life as parish churches and were subsequently raised to cathedral status. Places of wonder and beauty, they symbolize the Christian life of the nation and are more visited today than ever as places which represent England's religious creed, heritage and the skills of their builders. Eight hundred years later came the Victorians who pioneered the Industrial Revolution and created railways. Like their Norman predecessors they built to last and the railway system bequeathed to later generations, has endured in much the same form as when originally constructed. There is little sign that railways will be displaced by other modes of transport, anyway in the foreseeable future, Combining a study of thirty-three English cathedrals and the railway systems which allow them to be reached, the author seeks to celebrate these two magnificent institutions. In the process he hopes to encourage others to travel the same journeys as he himself has undertaken.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Remember When (2 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783030283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783030286
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Murray Naylor was born in Cheshire. After school he enlisted in the British Army in which he served for thirty-six years before retiring in 1992. He now lives in North Yorkshire where he occupies himself with a wide range of local activities. He has had a lifelong interest in railways and a more recently developed preoccupation with England's cathedrals.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for enthusiasts of Church and Rail 21 Dec 2013
Superb book, beautifully produced. I like books with lots of pictures as I read very slowly. One can pick it up and dip into a chapter at a time at random, without having to reading it from cover to cover. Well done for finding a niche in the market for something that might have been covered before. Highly recommended for those of faith in both church and rail, or even little or none.
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Cathedral cities are notably well connected to the railway system; splendid stations such as York on the East Coast route embody the values of the early railway age where the prosperity and status of cathedral cities was only starting to be overtaken by that of industrialised towns.

Retired army officer Murray Naylor's enjoyable new guide explores some of the best routes between England's cathedral cities and explains what happened in the Beeching era to erode, but by no means destroy, this heritage of connections. His deep knowledge of the railways is complemented by well researched pieces on each of the 33 cathedrals featured; an introduction from railway-loving former Archbishop of York, David Hope, confirms his credentials. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the National Railway Museum has its home in York, the Church of England's `second city'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars English Cathedrals by Train 9 Jan 2014
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A most interesting book. It made a very good Christmas present, and I might order more copies in due course.
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