I was absolutely delighted when Christopher Howse wrote about me in his column in the Daily Telegraph last Saturday. He featured my new book, Churches of Cambridgeshire which came out last week, and in a subsequent Tweet said it was the sort of book that would make you get out on your bike. You can buy it online, or if you want to help me out I can send you a signed copy for £15. Just drop me an email.
I`m delighted to announce my October Residential Church Tour. It will run from 16th October for 3 nights.
Join me for a coach tour exploring a wide variety of churches. Staying at the Walton Hall Hotel on the clifftop at Clevedon on a DBB basis. The tour starts at Yatton Station at 2.00pm and ends there at 1.30pm on the Thursday (Monday train from London at 11.32 change at Bristol. On Thursday the Yatton return train is at 13.59). This year lunch is included in the price, meaning there are no extras to pay.
A few weeks ago I travelled north the town of Seaham where I was able to photograph a church that I had wanted to see for some time. For many years I`ve owned the original architects drawing dating from 1862 when it was substantially enlarged. It had been built to serve the mining community at Seaham and the churchyard contains memorials to the nearly 200 men lost in two underground explosions. I was delighted to see that it is still in use and that the churchyard is well maintained.
I also visited Beamish Museum where I especially wanted to visit St Helen`s Church, re-erected there from Eston in Yorkshire. Dating from the 17th and 18th centuries the interior is dominated by two Commandment Boards which I supplied to them 9 years ago. They fit in very well as you see from the photograph. Incidentally the box pews came from Somerset!
29th April in-person lecture for the Friends of Kent Churches at Lenham Village Hall, Interesting Church Fonts in Kent
24th May guided tour of 4 North Essex Churches for the Friends of Kent Churches, own transport required.
23rd June in-person lecture at Hemblington Church, Norfolk in aid of the Friends of Hemblington Church.
South Wales Church Tour, April 24th to 27th.
There are still places left on this tour which starts and ends at Cardiff Central Station. Three nights, visiting approx 20 churches, the majority of which are not normally open. DBB accommodation and coach travel included. Full details are here S Wales Tour
I`m currently writing a new volume of Sussex Churches but am pleased to annouce the launch of Churches of Cambridgeshire as July. It is already available for pre-order from your normal bookseller.
I always love hearing from you so please do drop me a line via the contact box on www.johnevigar.com
It doesn`t seem that long ago that we were anticipating the arrival of summer - and here it is.
I`m still taking bookings for my coach tour of Leicestershire Churches Tour which runs from the 10-13 October. It really will be a good selection of churches, many of which are difficult of access. Next Spring we will be visiting South Wales. More details on that one in a month or so.
I have just finished writing Churches of Cambridgeshire which will be out next Spring but my other three volumes in the set (Norfolk, Hampshire, Kent) are all currently available from your chosen outlet.
Join John Vigar this October as he leads a tour of 20 historic churches on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border. These tours are always popular. It starts on Monday October 10th at Leicester Station at 2pm and ends at the same time and place on Thursday October 13th. We stay at the Best Western Ullesthorpe Court Hotel on a DBB basis. All coach travel is included, as are sandwich lunches on the two full days out. Churches to be visited include
Most of these churches are being opened especially for us. As usual, all churches are subject to avaialability.
I am repeating my popular Zoom course on Kent Churches this March, to tie in with the publication of my new book, Churches of Kent. The course will run for three Wednesday evenings commencing 9th March. Each session is from 7.30pm - 8.30pm and will cover history, architecture, furnishings, monuments and stained glass. The cost is £25 for the three sessions which may be booked here. Kent Churches Course
The book can be purchased in all the usual outlets or direct from the publisher Amberley Books . It is a new look at 50 famous and not so well known churches and is profusely illustrated with 100 colour photographs.
The snowdrops are out and it almost feels as if Spring is around the corner. Many churches are now back to opening normally - I`ve visited 42 churches in January of which only 6 have been locked. However, some churches are either still hesitant to open, or have lost the momentum of opening from which they may never recover. It`s still a fluid situation.
I`m delighted to say that my new book on Churches of Kent has been published by Amberley Books. It is a completely new book covering 50 churches ranging from the famous to the little known and is illustrated by 100 colour photographs. The book is available from all the usual outlets and also direct from the publishers Amberley Books. It will be followed in a couple of months by Churches of Hampshire which is already available for discounted order from the same website. Churches of Cambridgeshire will be out in 2022 - I`m thoroughly enjoying working on it at the moment.
The much-postponed Tour of Somerset Churches is finally taking place in April. It is now full, with a waiting list, and we look forward to visiting 20 churches from our base in Ilminster. Booking for the Leicestershire Churches Tour which runs from October 10th-13th opens in April.
I`m delighted to report that I am now taking bookings for my April 2022 weekend based in Somerset that was originally planned for April 2020. This three night coach tour will be based in Ilminster at a comfortable hotel that we have used before and will visit approximately twenty churches. The cost is £595 per person which includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and transport from 2pm at Crewkerne Station on the first day until 2pm at Crewkerne Station on the last day. The only extras will be lunches and donations to the churches. If you travel to Somerset by car you can be picked up and dropped back at the Hotel. Please note that single rooms are limited in number.
The situation regarding open churches is still mixed with the C of E giving individual churches discretion as to how to use their buildings. However, I am working on the premise that most of the churches I originally planned to visit will be available, although I may have to swap a few around nearer the time.
Here is my proposed Programme:
Whitelackington, Shepton Beauchamp, South Petherton, Martock,Hinton St George, Crewkerne, Chillington,Cudworth, Curry Rivel, Muchelney, Kingsbury Episcopi, Long Sutton, Langport, Isle Abbots, North Curry, Hatch Beauchamp, Ashill, Chilthorne Domer, Montacute, Brympton.
1. I`ve recently gone on two churchcrawls in East Anglia and I am pleased to say that churches here are opening up again. However I hear from other parts of the country that are still in severe lockdown. A few weeks ago I was in York and able to visit two of the great monastic churches that get overlooked by the usual visitor. Selby Abbey is an almost complete monastic church, albeit with 20th century furnishings. It contains some interesting medieval monuments and is obviously much loved and cherished. The other was Bridlington Priory which stands about a mile inland from the modern seaside resort. Here just the nave survives - but what a nave! It also houses a fine 12th century memorial in Tournai marble.
2. My autumn Zoom lectures are now booking. Just click the links below to book your place.
I`ve been picking up on church visiting recently. Things are becoming slightly easier although it`s not been plain sailing, with individual churches having made their own decision on whether to open or not. In Norfolk about 70% of the churches that were open pre-Covid are now open. Many never closed at all. Depressingly, it`s the churches in tourist locations that are most likely to be closed. It really doesn`t make sense. Covid is an airborne infection and the risk of picking it up from surfaces has been overblown. Whilst you can go into countless shops to make purchases I`ve heard that you can`t even buy a guidebook in Chichester Cathedral!
I recently visited 13 churches in Hampshire in order to take photographs for my forthcoming book on Hampshire Churches. Only one was locked.The others all had sanitiser by the door and were fully accessible.
I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book Norfolk Churches. It has kept me busy through lockdown and details 50 churches that I think are of particular note - not just those that you would expect to find. In fact I deliberately left out many well-known churches to give some little-known gems an airing! The book has 100 colour photographs.
I was absolutely delighted when Christopher Howse wrote about me in his column in the Daily Telegraph last Saturday. He featured my new book, Churches of Cambridgeshire which came out last week, and in a subsequent Tweet said it ...
I`m delighted to announce my October Residential Church Tour. It will run from 16th October for 3 nights. Join me for a coach tour exploring a wide variety of churches. Staying at the Walton Hall Hotel on the clifftop at Clevedon on a D...
A few weeks ago I travelled north the town of Seaham where I was able to photograph a church that I had wanted to see for some time. For many years I`ve owned the original architects drawing dating from 1862 when it was substantially enlarged. It had...