‘Our churches are our history shown in wood and glass and iron and stone’ – Sir John Betjeman
My name is Rob Andrews. A historic church enthusiast with a taste for adventure based in York, North Yorkshire. First of all I’d like to say thank you for having a look around my blog. I’ve put a lot of time into this and am continuously aiming to expand and add to it when I have the time.
In 2016 I decided to combine my enjoyment of getting out and exploring the countryside with my passion for historic churches to produce this blog. Some call it ‘church-crawling’, but I prefer the ‘church-hunting’. I also enjoy a bit of photography.
The English church is the unsung museum of Britain right on our doorstep. After graduating from University as an undergraduate in the History of Art, I found myself becoming increasingly fascinated with the great wealth in history, architecture and art of our historic churches. For hundreds of years we have buried our dead, baptized our young and married our lovers in these special buildings and recorded these acts extensively. The Christian church in England has a fascinating history; at times a dramatic and turbulent one, and therefore there is much to explore and to learn within the walls of these buildings. Every church tells a different story; one unique to itself and individual people.
Information regarding content, data and activity on my blog:
- Some of my images feature on the Instagram account @churchhunting – this is because I’m also a contributor to that account. My images appear there with consent. Please have a look at the Instagram account if you’re interested in snapshots into historic churches across the rest of the country. The account was created and is run by Luke Sherlock.
- I hold no religious belief. I am an enthusiastic historian.
- The first four articles on this site were written during my final year of University, in which I was writing a dissertation on the subject of changing functionality in devotional Romano-British sculpture on Hadrian’s Wall. I’ve kept them here because they remind me of what a pleasure it was to research and write that paper. A happy memory!
Photographs: All images displayed on this webpage are my own – unless stated otherwise. I’m all for the open accessibility of my images as I believe in the sharing and free access of this information. However, if you wish to reproduce them for commercial, academic or personal I please ask that you simply let me know and give the appropriate credit.
Notes for photographing churches: Church interiors can be challenging to photograph. Visibility is sometimes dependent on the access of natural light, especially if a church has no central electricity and can result in blurred and underexposed images. Whilst this is sometimes unavoidable it is worth bringing a small tripod with you if you want to take decent shots. Be aware that some churches can be strict on the use of flash photography and the use of tripods. Some churches will not let you take photographs altogether. I have only once come across a church where I was not allowed to take photos.
References and information: All information I access in my research; historic or otherwise is from academic literature, church guide books, well sourced websites or my own conclusions and opinion. I try to avoid dubious online sources and do not entertain skeptical information if I can’t be certain of its authenticity. I do have an academic background and will always try my best to verify information and admit fault if proven misinformed on a certain detail.