- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich; first edition (30 Jun. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185311622X
- ISBN-13: 978-1853116223
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 47.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Church Explorer's Handbook Hardcover – 30 Jun 2005
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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
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..
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.
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!Read more ›
Well illustrated, factual and concise in its coverage, you need look no further for an informative guide on the subject.
Highly, highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a nice size, easy to carry around. Easy to read and reference. I started reading this before the Pevsner.Published 1 month ago by Mom of 5
Fantastic book about churches and how to understand the architecture etc. It's the ideal companion piece to Betjeman's book.Published 4 months ago by Doctor Who
I found this book very interesting, something you can 'dip in and out of '
It has a lot of information.