England's Thousand Best Churches

England's Thousand Best Churches


By (author) Simon Jenkins, Photographs by Paul Barker

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 880 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 224mm x 36mm | 1,338g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140297952
  • ISBN 13: 9780140297959
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: 175 colour photographs, maps
  • Sales rank: 307,611

Product description

Following the huge success of the book last Christmas, comes a new edition of this classic work, in portable trade paperback format. Simon Jenkins travelled the length and breadth of England to select his thousand best churches. Organised by county, each church is described - often with delightful asides - and given a star-rating from one to five. All of the county sections are prefaced by a map locating each church, and lavishly illustrated with colour photos from the Country Life archive. Reviewers and readers alike in their thousands have been delighted by this book.

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Author information

Simon Jenkins writes for The Times and The London Evening Standard - both of which he has previously edited.

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'Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece' Independent Books of the Year

Editorial reviews

In the shadow of Betjeman, Pevsner and Clifton-Taylor, the former editor of theThe Times and Evening Standard set aside 4 years, and whittled down a shortlist of over 2000 churches to put together this 'catalogue' of what he sees as a great gallery of vernacular art. The Church of England is 'the true museum of England', and this book, a genuine labour of love, is much more than just a dry guidebook to architectural curiosities. Arranged by county from Bedfordshire to Yorkshire, with fine illustrations taken from the archives of Country Life, Jenkins's highly personal descriptions flesh out alphabetical listings of each noteworthy church, and each county section is introduced with a map. This hefty, nostalgic and rather peculiar book is successful then, in that it fulfils the author's purpose admirably - to encourage us to visit and in the process, revive interest in the 'nation's true glory'. He acknowledges that sustaining this remarkable inheritance in the face of dwindling congregations won't be easy, but he is not without hope. (Kirkus UK)