Other Churches, Cathedrals  ... and their good works

This page, started in 2009,  is designed to present brief commentaries and pictures about other cathedrals and churches that my wife and I visit on our trips away from home - which at present are for anything from one to ten days duration. Before all other such locations, I feel very much part (as County Durham born) of my 'home' diocese. Those of us who were born in these parts are extremely proud of our Durham Cathedral and feel blessed that we can call it our mother church - especially those of us who no longer have a Parish church !

There follows, therefore, images that I caught in September 2010, as my wife and I took a walk around the cathedral. Unfortunately these are incomplete because, unlike other Cathedral pictures in our collection, we have not, so far, been allowed to take photographs inside the cathedral  -- as it is a place of worship!   How the cathedral can offer images for sale, therefore, is not fully clear -- but I hope to find out in due course.

So the walk is pictured here , with images taken from the various points on the route we covered, many of them on the roadway on the opposite side of the River Wear. We hope to repeat the walk in February next year when the trees will not, generally, be so magnificently clothed!

The second section is be semi permanent, and covers our annual Summer holidays to the Isles of Scilly, whose five inhabited islands each boast at least one 'Anglican' church for their relatively small population.

Each of those churches are lovingly cared for and used and we commend them to your prayers and support. Anyone who would like to see more images of Scilly generally, is urged to 'surf the net' or for a taster, visit my other website www.herringbrosbudgeriars.co.uk -- the Index and home pages contain a direct link to my SCILLY PICTURES .

The second section will vary in the time they are available for viewing, and will include some of those we visit on our regular visits to London

The third is from our quite extensive collection of pictures of cathedrals, taken on a series of short breaks inspired by one of J B Priestley's characters in his book "The Good Companions". As well as viewing these wonderful testimonies to and for  the love of God, it is an excellent way of visiting all parts of the country, something which increasingly convinces that folk are the same wherever we go -- we have met with nothing but courtesy and kindness everywhere.

To view compilations of other Cathedrals, Minsters and Churches  featured so far, click the name below:- 

CATHEDRALS     Aberdeen (COS), Aberdeen (Episcopalian), Aberdeen (RC), Arundel (RC), Bangor

CHURCHES   Northampton Christ Church, Northampton St Peter,  



Note that the final two pictures above feature the renowned Cathedral Organist, James Lancelot entering the cathedral.


Having displayed the small, Bryher Church for the last year or so, this series now re-starts with 2010 images beginning with  the St Mary's Churches in Hugh Town and Old Town, St Mary's.



            This is the main church of the islands. It was built between 17836 - 38 by Augustus Smith, Lord  Proctor of the islands at that time. One of the conditions imposed on this wealthy young gentleman on purchasing the lease of the Islands was that he construct the Parish Church and appoint, and pay the Chaplain to the Isles.

            The incumbent is known as the Chaplain as originally the Parish was considered to be 'Overseas' and was sponsored by the SPCK. Being an amateur architect Augustus Smith designed the building giving it an unusual character with an interesting mixture of styles having a 19th century Gothic Revival structure combined with other earlier design influences such as the inward facing collegiate style seats and a full west gallery.

            The stained glass windows are varied and beautiful.  The C. E. Kempe east window was given as  a memorial to those who lost their lives in the S.S. Schiller disaster by the people of Germany while the glass in the west window commemorating the 1937 Coronation is by A. L. Ward. One of the north windows is a memorial to life-boatmen and lighthouse keepers (7967) and the St. Christopher  window was made locally by Oriel Hicks.

            The St. Elizabeth of Hungary window is believed to be the only window of such dedication in England.

On the west gallery is a fine Willis organ which inspires many a visiting organist to seek it out and have a play!

             Do not leave the church without noting a coloured and gilded wooden lion above the inside west door. This is from Sir Cloudesley Shovel's flagship, 'Association', wrecked in 1707.



                The present much loved and beautiful 'Old Town Church, is all that remains of the Norman cruciform church c.1130. Dr. Borlase, the Cornish historian, noted that the church was originally built in the form of a cross. Reconstruction of the present building began in 1660 and embraces 17th century work including five rectangular windows.

                The porch and north aisle were built in 7662. A south aisle was constructed in 1667 and a gallery was provided for the soldiers from the Garrison. (Supports for this gallery can still be seen at the back of the church.) The east end was rebuilt in 1743 but the church had deteriorated so much by the early part of the 19th century it was rebuilt in the 1830's. It was restored in 1890 to its present form when the reverend'$7.E. Groves was chaplain and subsequently the north-west entrance was added. Overall it now measures 25 ft. by 31. ft. and represents only part of the previous structure

                There is a round-headed Norman arch and pillar in the north wall adjacent to the vestry-porch. The small cross on the east gable dates back from the 13'h century. The 19th century stained glass to the east window records the Crucifixion.

                 The setting of this church overlooking Old Town Bay is of outstanding beauty. Augustus Smith landscaped the churchyard; obelisks provide memorials to him and to Louise Holzmaister, one of the passengers lost from the shipwrecked S.S. Schiller.

                 Victims of the Schiller and the Association are buried in this peaceful haven.

                 Lord Wilson, the former Prime Minister is also buried here.



Beverley Minster-Church of England

A Minster since 1548, when the first of a long line of Vicars was appointed, this late medieval church, dedicated to St Anthony and St Thomas, has remained a PARISH CHURCH since the reformation, when it ceased to be a Collegiate church. The present incumbent has two curates to assist him.

This is, indeed a very impressive building and is considerably larger than many of our cathedrals. The pictures are a very small sample, but show something of the luminosity of the stonework, which contributes largely to the wonderful quality of light , both inside and out.



Other Churches


This church is unique in the North of England, the first monastery (Benedictine) to be founded in the North after the Norman Conquest, and one of the few to survive as a parish church. There is evidence that the first church building here was erected in the 4th century.

     A monumental building, which no brief description, or this photographic compilation, can do justice - only first-hand knowledge by visiting this great minster will suffice, but below is a 'taster'.