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Essex Churches [Hardcover]

David Stanford
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20 Oct 2006
Following the success of his Suffolk Churches, David Stanford turns his attention to the neighbouring county of Essex, presenting 50 churches, chosen for their beauty, historical or anecdotal interest, in a series of captivating photographic portraits.



The variety of the churches is breathtaking. The selection includes St Peter and St Paul, an ancient gem hidden away in the back streets of the London suburb of Dagenham, St Andrew Greensted Juxta Ongar, possibly the oldest surviving timber-built church in the world, St Clement West Thurrock, used for the funeral scene in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore, with its complex and dramatic history.



David Stanford's atmospheric photography captures the spirit of these unique buildings as architectural heritage, as historic monuments and as places of Christian devotion.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (20 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711226431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711226432
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 25.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chosen for their history and beauty, David Stanford has captured 59
churches in Essex in this collection of stunning photography. -- Essex Life & Countryside, November 2006

Chosen for their history and beauty, David Stanford has captured
59 churches in Essex in this collection of stunning photography.
-- Essex Life & Countryside, November 2006

His is a wilful selection [of churches] and all the better for
that: most of the obvious favourites do not appear and his quirky choices
includes some little-know gems. The book's great merit is in his superb
photographs . . . The supporting text is also very personal . . .
informative and does not grate. -- Essex Journal, Autumn 2006

About the Author

In the 1960s, David Stanford started out studying Painting and History of Art at Walthamstow School of Art alongside such figures as Ian Dury, Vivian Stanshall and Peter Greenaway. On graduation from the Royal College of Art, he established his own photographic studio, photographing a number of famous bands for album sleeves. Over the next 25 years, he shot a wide range of high-profile advertising campaigns and fashion spreads for magazines in London and Paris. He specialized in fashion and beauty, but also managed to cover everything from cars to wars, and even directed a number of TV commercials and film documentaries. He has recently returned to painting, but still travels extensively on his personal, eclectic, photographic adventures. He has enthusiastically embraced digital photography, and very rarely now uses traditional film. He lives in East Sussex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage of Essex Churches 6 May 2014
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Well presented. The Quality of the photographs is very good and the write-ups are very informative. Because of this book we have visited several of the churches depicted and no doubt will visit several more. We have also given this book as a present and it was well received.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essec Churches 28 Dec 2013
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This is a really beatifully illustrated book, showing many very interesting churches in Essex. The book is a must if you have an interest in the Churches in Essex. A good book to inspire exploration!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book..... 28 Jan 2013
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I bought this as a birthday present for my uncle & he could not have been more pleased. The book includes beautiful photographs & an interesting description of each church (without going into too much deatil or expecting that people will automatically visit). Perfect for those who like churches or for those who just appreciate our building heritage. With the focus on a single county, it's so much more personal than a book covering the entire country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The delights of Essex hurches 29 Aug 2012
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A beautifully produced and presented book with glorious photographs.The text was informative and often amusing. It has introduced us to churches new to us and now sits alongside Pevsner and Simon Jenkin's Thousand Best Churches. An invaluable guide for Church Crawlers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 Jun 2009
Beautiful colour photos and precis of the individual churches details. A real joy to look at and very helpful to my History of Essex Churches research
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