Yesterday I set out on a trip to visit the small North Yorkshire town of Thirsk (once 'Threske' as noted in the memorial brass to one Robert of Threske located in the south aisle) to see one of the grandest perpendicular churches of its kind in the county. From York it takes 15 minutes by … Continue reading Clerestory Wall Paintings at St. Mary’s, Thirsk
If I were to make an achievable new year's resolution for 2017, it would be to appreciate more church monuments. In what little time has come to pass of January already I've visited eight East Riding parish churches, ones which I'd previously only read about in books. Of these eight churches, St. Giles at Goxhill … Continue reading Late-Medieval Brasses and the St. Quintins in the East Riding
The North and South choir aisles in York Minster contain an overwhelming number of funerary monuments. The crowded South aisle contains more wall-mounted memorials in marble and stone, dating almost in equal measure between the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, than the North aisle. The manner of their display is a scramble for wall space. … Continue reading York Minster: The Tomb of Archbishop Thomas Savage
A good, well rounded visit to the North West of Scotland is not complete without a day-trip to Durness. The area is one of particular natural beauty - full of important wildlife and exciting history. In this blog entry I won't discuss the bog body discovered on Faraid Head or the faint remnants of the … Continue reading Balnakeil Bay and the Tomb of Domhull MacMhurchaidh
When the augmented reality game Pokemon Go was released nearly six months ago, there were few institutions concerned with the management of heritage sites and historic properties in the UK that weren't asked to respond quickly to the sudden presence of a new visitor demographic on their properties. Numbers may not have been as large … Continue reading Pokémon Go in the Church and in the Museum
Blessed with unusually pleasant weather on a visit to the extreme North West of Scotland in September I've decided after looking over some images from the trip that it's time to share a few of the Highland churches I was able to whirl around whilst visiting family in the area earlier in the year. This … Continue reading Kinlochbervie and Telford’s 1829 ‘Parliamentary church’
St. Michael and All Angels church in Sutton-upon-Derwent typifies architectural development in the early English church building. One of the most exciting things to do on a visit to an old church is to trace the development of architectural styles through the ages by attempting to read and make sense of the building's stone fabric … Continue reading Sutton-upon-Derwent, St. Michael and All Angels.