Gwersyllt Parish Church

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The church dedicated to the Holy Trinity is in Early Decorated style, from the designs of Mr Thomas Penson of Oswestry (1790-1859) and comprises of chancel and nave with a south porch and a tower at the north east angle, surmounted by a spire, the base of which forms the vestry.

Unfortunately I have been unable to find anything out about the architect of this magnificent building, I do know it is built from sandstone and a slate roof, very much similar to all churches that were built around that time.

 

 

 

https://parish.churchinwales.org.uk/…/history-of-holy-trinity-church

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Side Selimiye Camii & Side Fatih Camii

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The Camii (Mosques) that I was fortunate to photograph during my recent visits to Turkey are stunning and even awe inspiring, the tall masjid with the megaphone attached to them so they can ‘call to prayer’ also known in the muslim world as azan which happens 5 times per day which are

Salat al-fajr: dawn, before sunrise

Salat al-zuhr: midday, after the sun passes its highest

Salat al-‘asr: the late part of the afternoon

Salat al-maghrib: just after sunset

Salat al-‘isha: between sunset and midnight

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I was fortunate enough to be able to go inside the one above, what an unbelievable experience that was, the grand scale of the place, the expensive look and feel of the building it was truly jaw dropping, I remeber when I went insode i just stood there amazed for a minute or two and then said ‘WOW’

 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/practices/salat.shtml

The Call to Prayer

 

The Holy Trinity Church Bickerton

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The church above was a lucky find for myself, located in Bickerton, Cheshire it is a grade II listed active Anglican church serving the diocese of Chester, built in 1840 as a chapel to St Malpas, then in 1843 becoming the church for Bickerton, it has a gothic revival style of architecture, red sandston with a slate roof, a small church nearing it’s 200th birthday, a lovely little church and a gem to boot, I decided to photograph this at night to see how different it looked compared to the daytime, I am quite pleased I did as it turned out quite well.

 

 

Castles and churches

Markus Brunetti

The journey began in 2005 and it’s not over yet. For self-confessed nomad and photographer Markus Brunetti, Façades – a series of large-scale images of European churches and cathedrals – still needs more work.

He got the idea for it while travelling through the continent with his partner, Betty Schöner, in their so-called “expedition truck”. A vehicle they’d converted themselves, the truck allowed them to live and work on the move, travelling from country to country on what the Bavarian calls their “Grand Tour”; it also allowed them to take time out from their busy working lives as commercial photographers, and to let projects unfold at their own rate.

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Chartres  Cathedral, France © Markus Brunetti

Andy Marshall

Andy Marshall (@fotofacade) is an architectural photographer with an informed understanding of the built environment. Throughout that time he has developed a distinctive visual relationship with architectural form and space, which translates uniquely into his photography.

Although Andy does a lot of different type of photography compared to myself, I find his work to be both interesting and stimulating.

 

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Salisbury Cathedral Interior ©Andy Marshall

 

 

Tony Howell

Tony Howell is a professional photographer with over 40 years experience based in Truro, Cornwall. He has written three Photography books and his images have been used in countless other books, calendars, magazines, on television, in a Hollywood Movie, billboards, brochures, catalogues, greeting cards, posters, postcards, websites, national newspapers, fleets of vans and much more.

You can see Tony’s photographic work of churches here.

 

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© Tony Howell

St Margaret’s Church, Bodelwyddan

St Margaret’s is a visually stunning 19th century church with one of the most extraordinary towers in Britain. It is known as the “Marble Church” because of the 13 different kinds of marble used to create the beautiful and delicate looking interior.

Designed by architect John Gibson¹ The Marble Church is one of a few structures that he was commissioned for, he designed Dobroyd Castle which is set high in the Todmorden moors and he also designed Todmorden Unitarian Church, Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

St, Margaret’s church has a very Gothic look to it with the little crosses adorning every apex that is visible, built from Limestone from nearby Llandulas, the church has a very clean look to it, I didn’t really see much weathering on the structure, the roof is constructed of slate from a nearby mine, you could say local supplies for a local church, that is until you venture inside where the 13 different types of marble stem from all over Europe. A truly stunning and eye-catching church.

 

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¹ The Victorian Web. (2016). John Gibson (1817–1892). Available: http://www.victorianweb.org/art/architecture/gibsonjohn/index.html. Last accessed 25-03-2019.

St Margaret’s, Hopton-on-Sea

In 1865 this church was built to replace the medieval church which had burnt down. The ruins of the old church are still to be seen on Coast Road, near Hopton Primary School.¹ This is a Christian Church of the Anglican denomination.St Margaret's, Hopton-on-Sea (3).JPG

I find this photograph of St Margaret’s to be stunning, the way the shadows envelope the image and how the tree branches almost make it look as if it has been framed, the building itself I find to be quite a unique shape, built from stone, flint conglomerate with a slated roof on both sides of the tower, by far I think this is my favourite church that I have photographed to date.

¹Emery, G. (2014). a Community Archaeological Project at St Margaret’s Old Church, Hopton on Sea, Norfolk.. Available: http://www.greatyarmouthpreservationtrust.org/media/cms_page_media/37/NVC145%20Hopton%20FINAL%20REPORT.pdf. Last accessed 25-03-2019.

St Margaret’s Church, Hales

An astonishing little church lost in time

St Margaret’s, with its round tower and thatched roof, is a church from another time, standing in an isolated setting, as if still in its twelfth-century Norman world. The magnificent carved doorway with bands of richly carved patterns zigzags, stars and rosettes over the arch is breathtaking; there is another similar doorway, though less richly carved, in the south wall.

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Never have I seen such a quirky little church as this one, the thatched roof on a church is a first for myself, built during the Norman period, is has achieved a grade I listing.

Materials used during construction were: Flint, brick and a coarse-grained clastic sedimentary rock that is composed of a mixture of granules, pebbles, cobbles, and boulders (known as conglomerate), with some rendering, limestone dressings, and thatched roofs.

 

I spent quite some time photographing this particular church as it gave me a feeling of calm and peace, it almost transported me back to when it was in full use, you can imagine the parishioners coming and going about their Sunday business.