Submitted by Name: Donna L. Harris From: Signal Hill, [Southern] California, USA E-mail: Contact
Comments: What a vast and wonderful site! Thank you so much for recording your research and discoveries. This so cool! I am wondering if you plan to expand into Ireland and Scottland, i.e. such sites as Rosslyn Chapel, (which I realize isn't really a church). Also, I don't know if your software allows for this, but it would be great to have a search feature. Again, thank you and happy continued travels!
Added: November 22, 2016
Submitted by Name: andrew burnett From: cambridge E-mail: Contact
Comments: Hi, great site, and Tickencote looks like an excellent walk diversion. No Hertfordshire entries, I came across a really nice church while doing the Ridgeway path (I think) ?
Added: November 21, 2016
Submitted by Name: Philip Lund From: CAMBRIDGE E-mail: Contact
Comments: Very pleased to find your site. My wife and I are also church crawlers so it is nice to see places we already know and even better, places we don't know.
I have lots of church photos on Flickr. Wish they were as good as yours.
Added: November 12, 2016
Submitted by Name: Helena Jordan From: Newbury E-mail: Contact
Submitted by Name: Hernan From: argentina E-mail: Contact
Comments: I regularly open our anglican church in buenos Aires to visitors and they keep me asking why the entrance of the church is on its north side and not in the west as the main roman catholic chruches. I tried multiple answers but being a kind of neo gothic church built 1896, maybe you have some insigth to help? Thanks-
Admin reply: How wonderful to have a Guestbook posting from Argentina, Herman! Thank you. In the first millenium in England most churches were built with entrances at the west end. This reflected the original Roman Basilican pattern. That quickly evolved into the practice of placing the main entrance on the South side. It's not very clear why but we know the north side was always regarded with suspicion - see my page on Marown in the Isle of Man. Most churches also acquired a north door but this was not an entrance for people - it was an exit for the demons exorcised during the sacrament of baptism. No parishioner would enter through "The Devil's Door". You can see more about this in my piece about Luppitt Church in Devon. Of course, the idea of baptism as an act of exorcism became discredited so these north doors were often blocked because the paishioners still wouldn't use them. If the church in Buenos Aires now has a north door as its main entrance that is no longer surprising. Some English churches now use the north door where it is convenient because those old superstitions are now dead. The larger churches would have have abandoned those old superstitions more quickly than those in the humbler rural communities. As far as I know, in England at least, there has never been Church directions on where doors should be placed. Hope that helps. regards Lionel
Added: October 25, 2016
Submitted by Name: Neil Farrow From: Kettering, Northants E-mail: Contact
Comments: What a wonderful site - I certainly hope that you continue to add more churches to this great resource. Thank you for the time you have put in.
Admin reply: Thank you, Neil. Your comments are appreciated. regards Lionel