The Church Explorer’s Handbook
Now in its second edition and its fifth impression, The Church Explorer’s Handbook by Clive Fewins (Canterbury Press, 2005) is a 340 page fully–illustrated hardback designed to appeal to people who like to go out ‘in the field’ to explore churches, and also to guide those who would like to know more about the subject.
According to the Open Churches Trust – its aim is to keep as many parish churches as possible open for viewing in daylight hours – the appeal of British parish churches and cathedrals is so great that about 30 million people a year visit them. It is a hugely popular leisure time activity and this book is both an aid to pursuing this hobby and a source of information on 1,100 parish churches in England and Wales considered worth making a detour to visit.
The Church Explorer’s Handbook can be ordered through any good bookshop or direct from the publishers, Canterbury Press, St Mary’s Works, St Mary’s Plain, Norwich NR3 3BH www.scm-canterburypress.co.uk 01603 612914. The book can also be obtained on www.amazon.co.uk, where there are some reviews posted, or via www.thebookplace.co.uk.
For a review of The Church Explorer’s Handbook in the Church Times (20 December 2005) click here.
For a review of The Church Explorer’s Handbook published in the January 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine click here.
Be A Church Detective
In 1992 Clive Fewins wrote Be A Church Detective, a short book illustrated with cartoons, aimed at helping 8-14 year-olds to explore and enjoy the wonders of old churches. It sold well and became widely used in primary schools. A fuller version was republished in 2005 by Canterbury Press – see above for details.
For further information see ‘Articles’ - Church Exploring.