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Places of worship

Steve Stamford | Twisted spire

Twisted spire

The twisted spire is probably the first thing anyone will tell you is famous about the town of Chesterfield. A common story for this is that the devil sat on it in an attempt to prevent it reaching heaven - a more likely reason is the use of unseasoned timber - who can be sure
Steve Stamford | All Saints Mackworth

All Saints Mackworth

All Saints church, Mackworth, Derbyshire.
Steve Stamford | Lichfield Cathedral 2

Lichfield Cathedral 2

The famous 3 spires of Lichfield cathedral as seen from Minster Pool.
Steve Stamford | South face of Southwell Minster

South face of Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster - the most famous building in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
Steve Stamford | Southwell Minster

Southwell Minster

West face of Southwell Minster - the most famous building in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
Steve Stamford | Southwell Minster - road to salvation

Southwell Minster - road to salvation

The stone flagged path leading to the west face of Southwell Minster - the most famous building in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
Steve Stamford | Southwell Minster - south west

Southwell Minster - south west

South west face of Southwell Minster - the most famous building in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
Steve Stamford | Southwell Minster church yard

Southwell Minster church yard

West face of Southwell Minster as seen through the church yard. Southwell Minster is the most famous building in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
Steve Stamford | York Minster aged

York Minster aged

A modern photograph of York Minster with digital filters applied to remove all the people and add an aged feel. This image is designed to show simulated film grain and edge fading.
Steve Stamford |  Saint Tudno church 2

Saint Tudno church 2

A rather beautiful and now sadly unused chapel that is now known simply by the location - Great Orme Cemetery. Great Orme Cemetery Chapel was built after the original St Tudno's suffered major damage and fell into dis-repair. When the first St Tudno's was eventually repaired some years later by a local benefactor this building in turn was left to waste away.
Steve Stamford | Bodelwyddan church

Bodelwyddan church

St Margaret's at Bodelwyddan is a Decorated Gothic style church in the Vale of Clwyd in Denbighshire and well-known as the final resting place of numerous Canadian soldiers who died in the global flu pandemic of 1918 / 19. With a spire just over 200 feet high it can easily be seen from the A55 which passes nearby.
Steve Stamford | Great Orme Cemetery Chapel

Great Orme Cemetery Chapel

Hardly the most inspiring name for what is a rather beautiful and now sadly unused chapel which crouches against the elements on the coast of Gt Orme. This chapel was built after the original church of St Tudno's close by suffered major damage and fell into dis-repair.
Steve Stamford | Saint Tudno church 3

Saint Tudno church 3

A rather beautiful and now sadly unused chapel that is now known simply by the location - Great Orme Cemetery. Great Orme Cemetery Chapel was built after the original church of St Tudno's suffered major damage and fell into dis-repair. When St Tudno's was eventually repaired by a local benefactor some years later this building in turn was left to waste away
Steve Stamford | Mackworth church

Mackworth church

Mackworth is, or at least was a small village just north of Derby in the UK. Over the years Mackworth has sprawled away to the east leaving the church in peace.
Steve Stamford | Repton church

Repton church

St Wystan's church, Repton. Repton is a village in Derbyshire most famous for its school, which is to all intents and purposes the whole of Repton as it occupies so much of the land and so many of the buildings.
Steve Stamford | Breedon church

Breedon church

St Hardulph's - more commonly known as Breedon on the Hill is a rather lovely church on quite literally the highest point for miles around. In a seemingly idyllic location it is in fact just a hundred metres or so from the edge of a major quarry.
Steve Stamford | Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral is a popular place to visit and regularly holds tower climbs where you may ascend the internal steps and take in the rather spectacular views. From time to time they also allow absailing as part of fundraising activities. The cathedral is also famous for its peregrine falcons and even features a live feed web cam when they are nesting.
Steve Stamford | Crooked spire 1

Crooked spire 1

The crooked spire is the most famous thing in Chesterfield. The church of St Mary and All Saints is home to the spire which does of course have many versions of why it is crooked but in reality it is almost certainly down to unseasoned wood being used in its construction.
Steve Stamford | Crooked spire 2

Crooked spire 2

The crooked spire is the most famous thing in Chesterfield. The church of St Mary and All Saints is home to the spire which does of course have many versions of why it is crooked but in reality it is almost certainly down to unseasoned wood being used in its construction.
Steve Stamford | Crooked spire 3

Crooked spire 3

The crooked spire is the most famous thing in Chesterfield. The church of St Mary and All Saints is home to the spire which does of course have many versions of why it is crooked but in reality it is almost certainly down to unseasoned wood being used in its construction.
Steve Stamford | Brewood church

Brewood church

Officially known as The Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Chad this beautiful church has a history spanning over 700 years and not surprisingly for a building of this age has seen several expansions, repairs and renovations.
Steve Stamford | Tetramorph

Tetramorph

Or to give it the full name Christ in Glory in the Tetramorph. It is reputedly one of the largest single piece tapestries in the world, being approximately 24 X 12 metres. It hangs on the north wall of Coventry cathedral and weighs just over 1 tonne. Originally hung in 1962 at the opening of the new cathedral the work was restored in 2015.
Steve Stamford | Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

A stained glass window depicting a biblical scene of Adam and Eve. Please note this image is only suited to canvas / print sizes 8X12, 16X24, 20X30 and 24X36 as well as all mugs. It is not suitable for coasters or mouse mat.
Steve Stamford | The hermit's cross

The hermit's cross

Somewhere around 1130 AD or so the story goes a Derby baker known as Cornelius saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in which he was told to come here and worship God. He dug this hermitage out of the sandstone and included a carved cross then lived here for some 20 years before moving to a nearby more conventional dwelling.
Steve Stamford | Cockatrice window

Cockatrice window

The Cockatrice is a mythical creature, a serpent with the head of a cockerel. Able to destroy animals (except for some unknown reason the weasel) or vegetation with a stare or it's breath. It could be destroyed by use of a mirror whereby it would attack its own reflection. This image is based on a stained glass window and as such shows the 'imperfections' in colours and shades you can expect in something several hundred years old.
Steve Stamford | Popinjay

Popinjay

One of those old words that seems to have gathered several meanings through time. Poppinjay was a once common name for a parrot but is also used as an insult, implying someone is all noise and show but very little substance. This example is on a church window but has been heavily processed to produce the image you see here. The guide at the church tells me the Popinjay was a mythical creature and this window is many hundreds of years old so possibly Popinjay as a mythincal animal pre-dates other uses of the word.
Steve Stamford | Down the aisles - portrait

Down the aisles - portrait

St Modwen's church, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, UK. Dating back to 1726 this church stands on the site of an earlier one and was for many years the only church in Burton.
Steve Stamford | Uriel's window

Uriel's window

Tall panoramic of Uriel's Window - a stained glass window over a century old. Please note this is a very old window, it is not 'sharp' and has a very 'long' apsect ratio meaning it will not fill a mug - the design would be repeated on both sides.
Steve Stamford | St Matthew's church Morley

St Matthew's church Morley

In the small Derbyshire village of Morley you will find this rather splendid, though sadly rarely open church. As ever an exact build date is elusive 1378 seems to hold most sway.
Steve Stamford | St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

The parish church of St Mary Magdalene in Newark, Nottinghamshire - a medieval church built on an impressive scale.
Steve Stamford | Holy Trinity Ashford in the water 2

Holy Trinity Ashford in the water 2

The Holy Trinity church is in Ashford in the Water a short distance from Bakewell in Derbyshire. The oldest part surviving dates to around 1205 and over the years of course it has seen additions, repairs and renovations.
Steve Stamford | Holy Trinity Ashford in the water 1

Holy Trinity Ashford in the water 1

The Holy Trinity church is in Ashford in the Water a short distance from Bakewell in Derbyshire. The oldest part surviving dates to around 1205 and over the years of course it has seen additions, repairs and renovations.