The Churches of Britain and Ireland

  Useful Links
 

Regarding Copyright.

Ken Roddam has kindly supplied a link to a Leeds University web-page explaining the rules of copyright pertaining to photographs.


There are a number of books available on-line, for free! Church-related ones are listed here.


United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland

Denominational links.

Howard Richter has drawn my attention to this huge on-line document, which lists all non-CoE places of worship currently licensed in England and Wales. Howard estimates about 32,000 in total. Very useful for when you are planning a photographic campaign! If anyone can point me to similar Irish or Scottish documents, I'll add those here as well.

Many individual counties have web-sites devoted to their churches - they can be found through the GENUKI site, which also has a concordance of the old and new counties. GENUKI itself also has many church photos.

www.geograph.co.uk aims to collect a photo from every square kilometre of the British Isles. Many of those submitted are of churches. Flickr also has a church section, though these are not confined to the UK and Ireland. See also The English Parish Church, which has a lot of church photos, and The Digital Atlas, which concentrates on rural parish churches.

For those planning a church visiting expedition, this website may prove useful - it lists the locked/unlocked/key-holder status of many churches - see the "Church Locking" tab.

Findachurch lists churches by selected area, with maps, and has links to many individual church web-sites.

Lots of useful architectural information on the Pevsner site. And the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland is a valuable resource too.

Church Plans On-line has a large number of architects drawings.

The Church of England is compiling a database (CCEd) of clergymen from 1540 to 1835.

The British Library has a searchable archive of over 90,000 images, many of which are of churches.

This is the Friends of Friendless Churches website.

A nice site devoted to "Tin Tabernacles".

British Listed Buildings - covering all of the listed properties in England, Scotland and Wales, many of which are, of course, churches.

An often useful way of finding old church images is through old postcards. Postcard sites: http://churchphotos.homestead.com/Britain.html; Postcard Traders Association.

Mike Berrell has pointed me to an interesting document listing dedications and their frequency. Sadly, the last page includes only a partial listing of dedications by parish, which would have been a very useful resource.

And for those possibly interested in buying a redundant church in England, here's a website to help - closed-churches-for-sale-england.html.

The growing website http://www.oldukphotos.com has many church photos, and http://www.roll-of-honour.com/ is also worth checking out, although most photos are of commemorative monuments only.

Stock Photography of British and Irish Churches - Foto Search has hundreds of pictures of churches in Britain and Ireland, easily accessed by a search tool.

This website scans engravings from old out-of-copyright books. Many are of churches.

The website Old Pictures of the United Kingdom has photos from across the British Isles, some of churches.

The Footsteps website, although commercial, has a large collection of free-to-view church photos.

British Listed Buildings Online.

Historic Chapels Trust.

Stella Fisher has a particular interest in Saxon Churches. Her new website starts off with Yorkshire Saxon churches.

Mike Berrell recommends http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/, which includes some church photos, and a Flickr group, specialising in closed churches and chapels.

Specialist interests - Medieval wall-paintings; bell-ringing; misericords; stained glass, Holy Wells; Wool Churches.

 


E
ngland

The English Heritage website contains many photos of listed buildings of all types, many being churches.

South-East - http://www.roughwood.net/ChurchAlbum/ChurchFrames.htm specialises in church photos from East and West Sussex, and Kent.

Bedfordshire
http://www.countyviews.com/beds/church.htm

Bristol
Phil Draper's excellent http://www.churchcrawler.co.uk/

Buckinghamshire - most of the parish churches in Bucks are covered at http://www.countyviews.com/bucks/church.htm

Cambridgeshire - a fine site devoted to the churches of Cambridgeshire.  http://www.druidic.org/camchurch/

Cheshire - http://www.thornber.net:80/, http://www.moston.org/churches.html, and http://www.oldcheshiretaleschurches.co.uk/index.html

Cumbria - The Carlisle Diocese.
Ian Lewis (a Forum member) has a blog which he describes as a "A gentle jaunt through a poignant aspect of Cumbria's history" - which is to say Cumbria's War Memorials.

Derbyshire - http://www.wishful-thinking.org.uk/genuki/DBY/Photographs.html has good numbers of church photos.
See also http://www.derbyshireuk.net/derbyshirechurches_menu.html and
http://www.derbyshirechurches.org.uk/.

Devon
A transcription of Some Old Devon Churches by John Stabb (1908-16), with many church photos, and a BBC article on a modern photographer who's following in his footsteps.
Bible Christian (Methodist) in North Devon - details on Genuki.
Howard Richter has advised of the Exmoor National Park website, which has a section on churches. Of particular interest is a discussion on the history of the "tin tabernacles".

Dorset - http://people.bath.ac.uk/lismd/dorset/churches/

Essex - a fine collection of photographs of Essex Churches. Also - Essex Church Photographs.

Gloucestershire - http://www.john.wilkes.dial.pipex.com/churches.htm

Greater London - for the City of London, see http://www.cityoflondonchurches.com/, and there is a more general London site here - http://londonchurchbuildings.wordpress.com/

Greater Manchester
The Greater Manchester Churches Preservation Society.
Genuki has a number of photos here.

Hampshire - John Vigar's Hampshire site at www.hampshirechurches.co.uk. John's personal site is here.
Recommended by Ian Thirlwell is http://www.southernlife.org.uk/churchin.htm, and by Mike Berrell - http://www.hampshirechurchwindows.co.uk/

Hertfordshire - See Hertfordshire Church Photographs, and http://hertfordshirechurches.wordpress.com/

Isle of Man - See http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/parishes/

Kent - John Vigar's Kent site at www.kentchurches.info. John's personal site is here.

Lancashire - Website of the Lancashire Methodist Circuit.
Genuki has a number of photos here, as has the On Line Parish Clerks website.
See also
http://www.mylancashireancestors.co.uk/churches/churches.htm and http://www.lancashirechurches.co.uk/

Leicestershire and Rutland - see http://www.lrfhs.org.uk/
Also covering both counties is http://www.leicestershirechurches.co.uk/, which has many fine photos.

Lincolnshire - see http://www.wparkinson.com/, and http://lincolnshirechurches.blogspot.co.uk/.
And a site especially focussed on Lindsey
, http://www.churchesfestival.com/.

Norfolk
http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/mainpage.htm

Nottinghamshire
http://www.oldnotts.co.uk/churches/index.htm
and http://www.nottshistoricchurchtrust.org.uk/

Oxfordshire - see John Ward's site, http://homepage.mac.com/john.ward/oxfordshirechurches/Menu171.html
and Brian Curtis's http://www.oxfordshirechurches.info:80/

Rutland
Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust.

Shropshire - See John Cutts' site at http://www.shropshirehistory.co.uk/. The Shropshire FHS has a good number of church photos. Shropshire's non-conformist chapels at http://www.users.waitrose.com/~coxfamily/index.html

Somerset
Dave Bown has a website with many photos of the churches in the Sedgemoor area.
Howard Richter has advised of the Exmoor National Park website, which has a section on churches. Of particular interest is a discussion on the history of the "tin tabernacles".

Staffordshire - http://www.thornber.net:80/

Suffolk - http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk

Surrey - http://www.wsfhs.org/churches.htm

Sussex - http://www.sfhg.org.uk/church.html, and West Sussex - http://www.johnowensmith.co.uk/churches/indxwssx.htm

Warwickshire - Warwickshire Churches.

West Midlands - Many photos of the Birmingham Circuit Methodist Churches are here.

Worcestershire. Gilbert Barlow has a growing selection of Worcestershire churches on Flickr here.

Wiltshire - see http://www.oodwooc.co.uk/

Yorkshire - Colin Hinson's site, has many churches, indexed under the old (pre-1974) designations of the North, East and West Ridings. Note that these areas do not exactly match today's divisions of Yorkshire.

East Riding of Yorkshire - The Hull (West) Circuit of the Methodist Church web-site has many Methodist church photos.

South Yorkshire
Heritage Inspired.

The Richard's Church Albums website contains many church photos, mainly from south-west England, and http://www.foxysislandwalks.co.uk/Oxfordshire-Church_Photos.html has many from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and neighbouring Counties.
 


Isle of Man

A Manx Note Book - source for all things Manx, with many photos.

 

Northern Ireland

The Methodist Church In Ireland - Resources web-site includes photos of every Methodist Church in the island of Ireland.

County Tyrone - see Linda Bailey's site at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~tyrone/photos/churches/index.html

County Down
http://www.raymondscountydownwebsite.com/

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rosdavies/CHURCHES/A-I.htm

Many churches on Jean McCarthy's website.
 


Republic of Ireland

The Methodist Church In Ireland - Resources web-site includes photos of every Methodist Church in the island of Ireland.

County Monaghan - see Brian McConnell's site at http://photos.yahoo.com/brian.mcconnell



S
cotland

A changing set of featured churches from across Scotland on the Churches of Scotland site.

Some history of the Church of Scotland.

Argyll & Bute - Ian Phillips has a site specialising in Mull Genealogy, which has a collection of church photographs. http://www.mullgenealogy.co.uk

Dumfries & Galloway - See Sandy Pittendreigh's excellent site here.

 


W
ales

Mike Berrell has advised that chapels in Wales are closing at the alarming rate of one per week. Recommended to Mike by the Deacon of Rhyl's Welsh Presbyterian Chapel, the Chapels Heritage Society celebrates their history and buildings. He also recommends the Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection, Welsh Chapels and Churches, Grand Declines - Welsh Ruins & Welsh Ruined Mansions with many chapel photos, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Welsh Stained Glass in celebrated here.

Anglesey - is comprehensively covered on Phil Evans' Churches%20on%20Anglesey.htm. Also see the Anglesey - Mon Info Web.

Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. See http://www.dyfedfhs.org.uk/ and http://www.capeli.info/.

Clwyd Family History Society has photos of every parish church.

Llyn Peninsula (Gwynedd) - tables of dates of Nonconformist chapels, with links to photos. http://www.penllyn.com/1/Hanes/capeli.html

Montgomery - Useful survey of Montgomery Churches (effectively, most of northern Powys).

Pembrokeshire
Video presentation of numerous churches and chapels.

 

Other Links

For those with an interest in church archaeology - http://www.cpat.demon.co.uk/projects/longer/churches/churches.htm

The Churches Conservation Trust.

The Ecclesiological Society, "for those who love churches".

Gargoyles are the main subject of Robin Peel's latest venture.

Green Man - East Anglia explores "Green Man" carvings in the churches of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and their history and folklore. Many church photographs.

Historic Chapels Trust.

National Churches Trust.

UK Graves website contains many church photos.

For those with an interest in postcard images of churches, the following site has much useful information. http://www.ramsdale.org/epcform.htm

A scholarly site dedicated to fonts in all their variety.

 

 
 

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17 April 2013

Steve Bulman

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