Church of St Mary the Virgin, Halkyn

Yet another stunning example of a period church, set overlooking the River Dee in Halkyn, North Wales this church dates back to the late 1870’s this Anglican parish church was a lucky find for me, I accidentally saw it whilst travelling up the A55 towards St. Asaph, compared to previous churches I have photographed, this one is relatively small in comparison but none the less, still a beautiful looking church.

St. Mary’s is a listed building, situated on the eastern side of Halkyn Mountain and with fantastic views over the river Dee and it’s estuary. John Douglas of Chester completed it in 1878. Made of local sandstone, it was given as a gift to the parish by the Duke of Westminster to replace the previous church that was reputedly pulled down because it spoilt the view. St. Mary’s has the unique features of polished crinoidal limestone pillars and a beautiful font carved of similar material. It also has many striking stained glass windows. The church is generally maintained in good condition and has an active church community to fund-raise and help to maintain it.




St Mary the Virgin, Halkyn

Gwersyllt Parish Church


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.

Side Selimiye Camii & Side Fatih Camii


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


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’

The Call to Prayer


The Holy Trinity Church Bickerton


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

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.

I received inspiration for this type of photography from an artist called Markus Brunetti, an example of his work can be seen here




¹ The Victorian Web. (2016). John Gibson (1817–1892). Available: 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.

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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. Whenever I look through my lens at a church like this, I feel myself drawn into the past and can imagine the parishioners going about their daily business, the only thing that spoils this photograph is the new looking extension that was added to the building, I believe it is some kind of storage area or maybe even an office of sorts.

¹Emery, G. (2014). a Community Archaeological Project at St Margaret’s Old Church, Hopton on Sea, Norfolk.. Available: 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.

St Bartholomew Church, Hanworth

St. Bartholomew’s Church is a grade II listed Parish church located in the small village of Hanworth in South Norfolk. It is of a Medieval design built from flint, iron-bound conglomerate with stone and brick dressings. The roof is constructed from lead and slate.

A medieval parish church which may date back to the Late Saxon or Norman period. The chancel is the oldest part of the church, and once had an apse before alterations in the 14th century created a rectangular chancel. New windows were installed in the 14 and 15th centuries, and the large font dates to the 14th century. because this church actually dates back to Saxon times there is no record of the architects name unfortunately, it would of been nice to see whoever designed this building be recognised for his work.

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This photograph was taken on a cold, damp and blustery day in February 2019, the church actually caught my eye as I was driving to see one of our treasures of the National Trust, Blickling hall, I saw a sign saying Historical Church and immediately turned off, was i disappointed? No, not in the least, this church is stunning, although only a small church in comparison to others, it has stood the test of time with minimal damage from what i could see apart from the entrance on the right hand side (lower right image) the support seems to have been damaged or subsided over time, never the less, it was still a stunning church to photograph.

St. Johns, Gt. Yarmouth

The main building dates from 1857 with later additions, including an hexagonal vestry, adding to its Victorian charm.


Unused for worship for nearly a decade, St Johns has succumbed to decay both inside and out with restoration work due to commence soon after the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust acquired St John’s Church and plans to repair and conserve the Grade II-listed landmark, this church is situated in the middle of terraced houses all around it’s exterior, a nice looking church built in the 1850’s from stone, conglomerate with slate roofs.

St, John the Baptist, Hellington Norfolk

The Norman round tower of St John’s looks out over old farms and woods. At first sight it is a simple rural church, but the battered stonework of the thirteenth-century porch, with its three canopied niches, shows clear signs of past splendour, as do the notable decorated windows, the fine Norman doorway, and the evocative little stone heads that peer out from the carved stone arches.

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St John’s the baptist was built originally in the 12th century. This simple church is built of flint and brick with limestone dressings. The church is grade 1 listed and now under the churches conservation trust. Unfortunately the church is no longer in use for regular worship for whatever reason, none that I could think of, although up close it looks weathered and old, through research I found images of the interior and that still looks to be in good order.

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