Bri­tain’s Lost Churches

Matthew Hyde Au­rum Press Pub­lished: 5 Novem­ber 2015 Price: £20.00

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Bri­tain’s Lost Churches: The For­got­ten Holy Sites of Bri­tain’s Chris­tian Past tells the story of the many churches in Bri­tain which have been ne­glected to the el­e­ments, ren­o­vated for com­mer­cial use or de­mol­ished com­pletely. Many of Bri­tain’s beau­ti­ful churches have van­ished, leav­ing no trace ex­cept pho­to­graphs or il­lus­tra­tions to mark their ex­is­tence.

Ar­chi­tec­tural com­men­ta­tor Matthew Hyde trav­elled the length and breadth of the coun­try to seek out and tell the sto­ries of these won­der­ful build­ings, from churches that defy the el­e­ments in Orkney to abbeys de­stroyed in Henry VIII’s dis­so­lu­tion pro­gramme and the cathe­drals that suf­fered the ter­ri­ble ef­fects of the Blitz in World War Two. Their ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage and so­cial im­por­tance are re­mem­bered.

Com­plete with archive pho­tog­ra­phy, il­lus­tra­tions mir­ror­ing their glo­ri­ous past to­gether with con­tem­po­rary im­ages of how they look to­day,

Bri­tain’s Lost Churches is an emo­tional and poignant trib­ute to the many build­ings that were of­ten the cen­tre of their com­mu­ni­ties. It is also a worth­while legacy to the au­thor who passed away re­cently.

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