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A Thousand Miles of History XXXXV: The smallest of churches

We were up bright and early for the final day of our journey home. We drove once more to Cerne Abbas, finding the village almost deserted and the church just being opened by the old gentleman who is the Keeper … Continue reading

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Size matters

In our modern world, when we are accustomed to seeing skyscrapers on every skyline, size seems to have lost much of its potency.  Giant airliners fly overhead carrying hundreds of passengers. The biggest cruise ship could hold the entire population … Continue reading

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About time – Lichfield cathedral

I had been going to do it for ages. Almost every trip north for the past few years has seen me take the back roads rather than the motorway…and with each trip the three carved spires have drawn my eye … Continue reading

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Three days – Three quotes

“What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love. Contact with this energy … Continue reading

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St Albans – the screen of the martyrs

In the Anglican year, our visit still fell within the season of the Nativity and the figures depicting the birth of Jesus still stood before the altar in the nave. The brightly coloured statues on the altar screen seemed incongrous … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 8: Durham Cathedral

The cathedral of Durham is one of the finest Norman buildings and a World Heritage site. It stands on a rocky height above a loop in the River Wear, a perfect place defensively. At the time of its establishment it … Continue reading

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A surfeit of sanctity

I’m sick of saints. No disrespect is intended here… none at all… but there are only so many you can read about at one go… and for the past couple of days my browser has had every available tab filled … Continue reading

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Heading south

Friday morning we said a fond and very reluctant farewell to our hostess and hit the road early. The visit had been way too short. We had seen little of Scotland, but that wasn’t why we were here. It was … Continue reading

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