Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Rangoon, Burma

Now of course Yangon, in Myanmar.

This is the Anglican cathedral in Rangoon designed by Robert Fellowes Chisholm. Seemingly transplanted from England - but note the adaptation to the tropics in the porte-cochere at the base of the tower to shelter worshippers from the rain.

Although the foundation stone had been laid in 1886 by the then Viceroy of India Lord Dufferin, due to a shortage of funds it took 9 years to complete the church vestibule. The spire was added in 1913 and the bell tower installed in the following year.

During the Japanese Occupation of Rangoon, the cathedral was used as a brewery! After liberation, the chapel was dedicated to the British/Indian 14th and 12th Armies who fought in the Burma Campaign

Friday, December 19, 2008

Churches in the landscape #3

Sutton veny church
Originally uploaded by
An absolutely stunning shot of a church I know well, My picture ( ) includes the comment "Visitors to the area south of Warminster can hardly miss Sutton Veny as the replacement church can be seen for miles around, thanks to its superb central tower and spire. The church was built in 1866-68, and the architect was J.L.Pearson. " This picture by chippy1920 shows what I mean.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

St Pauls Church, Spalding

A peaceful view of this church built to the designs of Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1880, two years after the architect had died.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hong Kong, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception
Originally uploaded by L Plater
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. This Gothic Revival style cathedral built in a Greek cruciform shape was designed by Crawley and Company of London. Construction started in 1883 and completed in 1886

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chichester Cathedral - A New Gargoyle

Originally uploaded by nicnac1000
I had to add this picture to the blog. It shows what must be a recent embellishment to some part of this C12 cathedral, and is a continuation of an ancient tradition. I assume this chappie is some cathedral official architect or bishop. Does anyone know more?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Dar-es-Salaam cathedral

An interesting structure, the Catholic cathedral dedicated to St Joseph. Looks a little Baltic Gothic in design.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

...... and use it again!

And this is the Church of St John the Evangelist, Calder Vale (Oakenclough) in Lancashire. This church dates from 1863 and is by "Corrie" according to Pevsner in the BoE.
The stone differs but the design if not identical is pretty close to be copies. Does anyone know of any more churches by this architect? And if so do they look any different or was he a one design man (if indeed he designed it and not Mr Bonomi!!)?

.......use it again..........

This is St Stephen's Church at Willington in Co. Durham. this church is by J.A.Cory, c1857 but has been enlarged a little since.

NZ2035 : St. Stephens Church Willington by David Williams

St. Stephens Church Willington

  © Copyright David Williams and
licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Take a design.........

This is St John's Church, Upper Hopton, not far from Huddersfield in Yorkshire. It was built in 1846 to the designs of Ignatius Bonomi and Cory (Pevsner and Radcliffe, BoE). But........ see above

Dundee, St Andrew's Cathedral

Back in 1971 I walked from Dundee railway station out to here, and could remember very little about the cathedral except I thought it was small and uninteresting. Seeing this picture, I have revised my opinion. To be fair this was never built as a cathedral in 1836 (George Mathewson), a status it achieved in 1923.

Church of Scotland - Laurencekirk - 2008

OK so the church is nothing special, but I love the cloud formation.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mexican Interior

Originally uploaded by mirepe
Sadly the photographer has not identified the church in this photograph but I hope you enjoy it anyway!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

All Souls, Langham Place, London

All Souls Church Spire
Originally uploaded by shiner.clay
Well this is an unusual view of the "BBC's church" and Regent Street. I just had to blog this. The tower and spire I think look more impressive and carefully detailed from this vantage point.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Churches in the Landscape #2

Llandecwyn Church overlooking Tremadog Bay
Andrew Dunn's flickr entry says "Llandecwyn church stands high in the hills above the the River Dwyryd and Penrhyndeudraeth. It has commanding views over the valley and often sees impressive sunsets across Tremadog Bay.

Parts of the church are medieval and in the 19th century it was a Wesleyan chapel serving the local community. These days Llandecwyn itself is little more than a cluster of houses, a hamlet in the hills, and the church is largely dissused with no regular services."

Here is another picture where the church is incidental, a fact which it now seems to actually be!

Churches in the Landscape #1

Sajama and Church
Originally uploaded by Alexander Yates
This view shows the vulvano Sajama and a church. which church I don't know, and I don't much care either, as I am unlikely to ever visit it. However the rugged landscape and architecture go together to make a really stunning picture. Oh, by the way this is in Bolivia, South America.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mystery Church - Epping Way?

Originally uploaded by Captain Spoons
Spotted this very unusual church on flickr. The photographer does not recall where the church is and suggests that it is near Epping Forest. Does anyone else recognise it?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dol de Bretagne, Cathédrale Saint-Samson

Cathédrale Saint-Samson
Originally uploaded by ylebiann
Spotted this picture on flickr by ylebiann of one of my favourite French cathedrals at Dol in Brittany. It is not as well known as many other cathedrals in France, and is unusual in having a "square" east end rather than an apse, which is generally a feature of English churches.
The small city is also a delight.
I combined Dol with a trip to Mont St Michel.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

St.Mark's, Dundela, Belfast

St.Mark's, Dundela
Originally uploaded by
John D McDonald
The Victorian churches of Belfast are not that well known, but I spotted this one on flickr taken by John D McDonald. He says "This church on the Holywood Road in East Belfast was designed by the Victorian Architect William Butterfield and regarded by Sir John Betjeman as "Butterfield at his best". CS Lewis was baptised here by his grandfather, who was the first Rector."
What a stunning tower and an excellent photo.

Friday, May 23, 2008

City of London, St. Andrew Undershaft

St. Andrew Undershaft
Originally uploaded by
Robert Scarth
St Andrew's was one of the few churches that survived the Great Fire of London in 1666. The more usual view of the church includes "The Gherkin", but I spotted this recent addition to flickr by Robert Scarth.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

St Peter's Cathedral, Belleville, Illinois

Further pictures of this cathedral available on the "Rome of the West" Blog

Saint Peter Cathedral, in Belleville, Illinois, USA

Saint Peter Cathedral, in Belleville, Illinois, USA - nave.jpg
Originally uploaded by msabeln

A lovely picture of this rather unknown cathedral in the USA.
This view looks into the older nave and aisles (1866, rebuilt on a grander scale after a fire in 1912) from the choir which was completed in 1966. The cathedral is said to have been modelled on Exeter cathedral in Devon, SW England.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

New Orleans - St Stephens Church

The archdiocese of New Orleans is planning a series of church closures across the city in the post-Katrina era which has seen the population of the city fall by 110,000 to just over 380,000 souls.
It seems this large church of St Stephen is not on the hit-list, so this astonishing interior will remain.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Saturday, March 01, 2008

St. Bartholomew's Vicarage - Dalston Lane, London

This picture made me look twice! What an astonishing building, once attached to the church proper. Now I am itching to find a picture of the church that has gone to leave behind this oddity of a building, five storeys high and looking like it was built of architectural remnants.

Friday, February 15, 2008

St. Mary's Church, East Morden, Dorset

This is a more conventional view of the interior, and makes the picture below seem all the more extraordinary. Pevsner lists the church as just Morden

St. Mary's Church, East Morden, Dorset

I found this picture of East Marden church in Dorset today and was struck by the unusual angle and lines which this picture has. This is looking straight onto the south arcade and south aisle. It also accentuates the victorian tiled floor and the odd rhythm of five arches and three clerestory windows above.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Another abandoned Chapel

Abandoned Chapel
Originally uploaded by phill.d
This one is Stannington Hospital in Northumberland.

Asylum Chapel, Cane Hill

Originally uploaded by urban penguin
Part of a series of pics on flickr of London's Cane Hill Hospital which is at Coulsdon, and built for Surrey County Council 1880-83. Most of the old buildings are now abandoned and derelict, including this chapel which is a surprisingly large and spacious structure with an east apse.

Toronto, St Michael's Cathedral

The catholic cathedral dating from 1845 is decorated for Christmas. A handsome building inside.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Christchurch Cathedral, NZ - Scott abroad!

The Anglican cathedral of ChristChurch in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was built in the second half of the 19th century. It is located in the centre of the city, surrounded by the plaza of Cathedral Square. It is the cathedral seat of the Bishop of Christchurch.

The cornerstone was laid on 16 December 1864, but financial problems in the fledgling city saw its completion delayed between 1865 and 1873. The nave and tower were consecrated by 1881, though the entire building was not finished until 1904.

The cathedral was originally designed by British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott with the New Zealand architect Benjamin Mountfort as supervisory architect on the site. Initial plans called for wooden construction, but plans were changed with the discovery of a source of good quality masonry stone locally. Banks Peninsula totara and matai timber was used for the roof supports.

The cathedral spire reaches to 63 metres above Cathedral Square. Public access to the spire provides for a good viewpoint over the centre of the city. The spire has three times been damaged by earthquakes. After the third of these, in 1901, the stone construction was replaced with a more resilient surface of weathered copper sheeting.

The cathedral underwent major renovations during 2006-2007 including the removal and replacement of the original slate roof tiles.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Washington DC's premier Catholic church has a very unusual eclectic combination of styles and features. We can see French Romanesque, Gothic rose windows, an almost minaret-like campanile (like the ancient mosques of Morocco) and a Byzantine dome. It was begun in 1920.

Catedral Presbiteriana do Rio de Janeiro

A variation of South American Gothic, in Brazil. It has a feel of St Patrick in New York, although not as exuberant, and probably due more to the proximity of the high-rise neighbours and colour of the stone.