Churches of Britain and IrelandPosted: 2012-05-07
I think Steve Bulman likes visiting historic churches as much as I do. He also enjoys photography, for he has created Churches of Britain and Ireland, a wonderful resource of photographs of over 24,300 photos of churches across England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Now Steve did not visit all those churches himself - that would be the task of a lifetime, but he has created a marvellous website and encouraged people to send in photos of their own local church.
It isn't the easiest site to simply browse, as you have click on each photo link to load the photo in a new page, with no explanatory text, but if you are even remotely interested in photos of historic churches, this is a wonderful resource. It's also a good place to find links to individual church websites. And if you would like to photograph your own parish church, why not add it to the site?
Photos are organised by county, and within each county is a very simple alphabetical list of places with a link to a photo (or photos) of the church, and a link to external information resources about the church. The Ordnance Survey (OS) grid reference is also included for most churches. As with any website where people with different abilities and equipment submit photos, the quality of images varies greatly, but that's just nit-picking - it is great to see photos of so many historic churches in one place.
And if you enjoy a bit of a challenge, there's a selection of photos of unknown churches. If you think you can identify the churches from their photos, send in your best guess.