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of English Churches
Witnesses to the History of a Nation by Matthew Byrne
“I hope this book will help encourage readers to venture out and discover for themselves England’s
wonderful churches. Getting more people to visit churches is one way in which these magnificent
buildings can be safeguarded for the future, as it helps to show those responsible for funding
church buildings that they remain an important and loved part of our heritage.” Matthew Byrne
Where could you find some of the oldest artwork in
England, masterpieces of design, some of the world’s most
beautiful stained-glass windows and a host of astonishing
murals, monuments and carvings spanning over a
thousand years of turbulent history?
Claire Walker, CEO of the National Churches Trust said:
“With many church buildings under threat due to the
ravages of time and with fewer worshippers to look after
them, this book shows the importance of their art and architecture and why this needs to be preserved for future
Matthew Byrne’s new and luxuriously illustrated book
reveals the stunning treasures of England’s churches and
invites readers to share his forty-year-long passion for
photographing and exploring these unique buildings.
With many surviving the upheavals of war, plague and
reformation, this book is a vibrant testament to the
enduring power of uplifting art and human ingenuity.
About the Author
Matthew Byrne has been exploring, studying and
photographing English churches for nearly 40 years. He
was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society
in 1988 for his work in architectural photography. He has
published three previous books: Great Churches of the
Northwest, Beautiful Churches, and English Parish
Churches and Chapels: Art, Architecture and People.
From the sublime to the curious, the sacred to the secular,
Matthew has brought together breathtaking highlights of
artistry, architecture and artisan skills that will inspire,
uplift and spark interest in the glories of English church
Showcasing hundreds of Matthew’s gorgeous colour photographs that bring history alive, this book shows how ordinary people were often as instrumental in artistic
expression as the rich, famous and powerful.
From stunning Saxon sculpture to masterpieces of medieval woodcarving, polychrome brilliance of Victorian
interiors to the moving memorial legacies of two world
wars, the history of England can be traced through its
unique church furnishings, decorations and artwork.
Spanning economic, political and social change, plus the
rich psychology of artistic expression, The Treasures of
English Churches is a new and remarkable window into
English history through the buildings we often walk past
every day in cities, towns and villages around the country.
This book is published in association with The National
Churches Trust, a national, independent charity
dedicated to supporting church buildings across the UK.
Published also with the kind sponsorship of CCLA
(Churches, Charities and Local Authorities).
Conservation & Heritage Journal