Greater London, BELLINGHAM, St Cuthbert (2013)There are an estimated 41,000 Christian churches, chapels and meeting houses in the United Kingdom.

They are, of course, places of worship. But they are also treasure houses of history, often the oldest building still in continual original use. Many are also the largest, most architecturally interesting and most visited building in their village, town or city. In some areas they are the only public building and provide essential space for communities to meet and hold events.

Each one is unique. They were all built for the same purpose, but no two are the same.

Understanding the veritable jigsaw puzzle of most church’s architecture can be both fascinating and frustrating.

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