The Nation’s Greatest Art Collection

Photography by PAUL BARKER
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Our parish churches constitute a living patrimony without European parallel. Their cultural riches are astonishing, not only for their quality and quantity, but also their diversity and interest. Fine art and architecture here combine with the functional, the curious and the naive, from prehistory to the present day, to form an unsung national museum. Because church treasures usually remain in the buildings they were created for, properly interpreted they tell from local perspectives the history of the nation, its people and their changing religious observance. This volume describes and illustrates 178 artefacts -- carvings and sculpture, paintings, decorated roofs, altars, stained glass and spires, as well as oddities such as the golden dragon atop St Mary-le-Bow in London.
This is an important book . . . some hard decisions will have to be made if these treasures are to survive the twenty-first century. SIR ROY STRONG