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I was in my local church this weekend and heard some one mention Simon Jenkins, your website was the first I came across on my chosen search engine and I found your work so interesting. As far as feedback for the website goes, I found it very easy to navigate and full of inspirational information. I think I can feel a new hobby developing that I had never considered before...so thankyou

Admin reply: Thanks for your kind words, Joanne. Please do make it a hobby! It's free apart from travel, church guides and so on. f you study a little about it (there are so many good little introductory guides around now) you will see our wonderful "Greatest Free Show on Earth" in a new light and probably develop your own favourite aspects - like my own preoccupation with Norman Fonts - that will help you develop your own agenda. regards Lionel


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Having recently completed a tour from Bath to Chester using Simon Jenkins as the guidebook, I am delighted to have been referred to your site. The churches are such a great resource, and it is important to increase appreciation for them in the increasingly post-Christian age we are well into. As I plan for future rambles I will be sure to check them agaisnt yuour listings.

Added: May 31, 2012
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Dear Lionel & Diana,

It was nice to meet this afternoon at Holme Church and we enjoyed the chat. The church I mention is the anglo-saxon cruciform church/minster of St Mary's Stow a beautiful large church in the very small village of Stow just a couple of miles from Lincoln. Hope you enjoy a visit there as much as I do. Thanks for letting us view your splendid work.
Best wishes Francis and Katie

Admin reply: Hi Francis. Thank you, I really enjoyed our chat. Thanks for the tip about Stow. There are a couple of others in Lincoln itself that we ought to visit but somehow we always seem to end up not getting far from the shops in the Cathedral Quarter! We must resolve to look at churches first and shop later! Thanks also for the feedback.


Added: May 20, 2012
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Added: May 8, 2012
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dear lionel, just been looking again as normal, breedon on the hill , been there , something i noticed about it , may help my quest about melbourne.im abit like u , abit unsure weather to question the authoraties , but i do think we have to , i like to form my opinions which contradict whats been written , but i never have anyone to talk too ; melbourne says their church was built around 1133 , but i beg to differ , on my research, i think it was built much earlier , tis a shame you still don't live at netherseal so we could compare ideas.

Added: April 18, 2012
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hi lionel , netherseals very close to us , we are swad then u got castle gresley then overseal then netherseal, .... great site you have , you have melbourne church but nothiung about it , i go there lots , every time i go i find something new one of my faverite churches . tutbury is another good norman church too . anyway like i said you'd be more than wellcome to pop in for a drink and a chat . .. Martin

Admin reply: Hi Martin, That's a very kind offer! I remember all those places you mention. As for Melbourne - there IS a whole page for it on my site. Try loading it again. regards Lionel


Added: April 17, 2012
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I don't know if anyone has pointed this out but only the bottom right image is of Hagia Sofia. The other 3 are of a post-Ottoman conquest mosque. Otherwise very interesting.

Admin reply: Don't know whether to laugh or cry, Peter. Of course, you are right. I visited the Blue Mosque just before the Hagia Sophia and got the pictures mixed up! I will have to replace them! Thanks for pointing out my error. Lionel


Added: April 17, 2012
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Fantastic site, well done, Ive learned alot from looking at it...Ive just been to Edenham church today and can't beleive how much I missed... by the way, youve commented about the 4 legged demon at thurlby and how you dont think its a turtle or tortoise... I'm pretty sure from studying your pics that its actually a frog!

Admin reply: A frog? I hadn't thought of that! It's certainly more plausible than a tortoise. Thanks for the suggestion. Lionel


Added: April 14, 2012
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came across your site , its great to see someone else with a passion for the english church , i've been intrested for a number of years now , going round local churches looking for masons marks , then one gets taken in by the mass of architecture that can be studied, you sort of get addicted to it , if your ever up swad way do call by for a chat ..

Admin reply: Hi Martin. Thanks for your comments. I have to confess that I'm totally hooked and as you say you get dragged in more and more! 40 years ago (!) is used to live near Swadlincote at a place called Netherseal. Do you know it? Lionel


Added: April 12, 2012
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What a lot of work and searching has gone into your site, Lionel ***** (that's five stars from beyond-the-pale!)

Just a small point - you seem to use the word 'frieze' to include corbel-tables as well as friezes in low and high relief.

If you find more scrotum-showing acrobats or male exhibitionists, please let me know.

Admin reply: Thank you for your kind comments, Anthony. As to "frieze" and "corbel", the distinction as I understand it is that corbels are designed to support weight - usually a roof. Most of the "friezes" I mention are also described as such by Pevsner (not a 100% reliable source, I know). Certainly the frieze carvings within the East Midlands ("Demon Carvers";) area seem to be in the wrong position to be described as corbels and are the decorative "front" to deep stones that constitute part of the wall. Indeed, it seems to me that decorative corbels are pretty unusual in Gothic churches in England except INSIDE the church.

It's possible, though, that I've made some error
s and I'd be happy to hear from you about specifics.
I'm now off to see the Mooning Man at Wymondham. Thanks for that "lead"!


Added: March 17, 2012
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