The English Parish Church

Daily life & spirituality, art & architecture, literature & music

This stunning interactive resource traces the development of the country's most iconic ecclesiastical buildings across the centuries, and is intended for students, teachers and anyone with an interest in the rich heritage of England.

It combines easily accessible introductions to the latest academic research on parish churches and the influence of Christianity on literature, music, art and society, with images from national and international collections.

The resource explores every aspect of church and parish life, from the Anglo-Saxon Church to the present day, and includes:

  • Contributions from over 225 leading academics and practitioners
  • Video introductions by leading authorities on several parish churches, including Ranworth Church, Norfolk
  • Examples of music, including specially-recorded pieces, from the Anglo-Saxon Church to the 20th Century
  • 3-D modelling of the development of interiors and exteriors of churches through the centuries
  • Christianity and writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Dickens, the Brontes, Wordsworth, TS Eliot, Tolkien, DH Lawrence
  • Case studies detailing individual churches from around the country
  • Practical sections on care, conservation, creative use, re-ordering and interpretation of church buildings and their contents