The Church of St John of Nepomuk, Vrchní Orlice

  Vrchní Orlice (close to Bartošovice v Orlických horách) Hradec Králové Region Czech Republic May 2020   The Orlické Mountains (Orlické hory in Czech) cleave to their namesake, the eagle, by soaring gently but surely to great heights; the highest point, Velká Deštná, claims 1,115 metres from the sky. Despite the elevation, the valleys onContinue reading “The Church of St John of Nepomuk, Vrchní Orlice”

St Clement’s Church, Rodel, Harris

ROAN & RUFUS JULY, 2018 We are away on Harris, cycling round the East road of the island. As we round the corner, a church appears, perched on a hill. We dismount our bikes and set them in the grass. We read the sign: ‘St Clement’s Church’. We enter the church. Like many churches, theContinue reading “St Clement’s Church, Rodel, Harris”

Beaurepaire Manor House, County Durham

Durham is hardly a city without its fans; the narrow, hilly streets that swirl and snake in the shadow of Bede’s mighty mausoleum are very rarely empty. The rest of County Durham, however, seems to me to be a nationally underappreciated part of the UK, both in terms of reputation and tourists’ footfall. Not unreasonably,Continue reading “Beaurepaire Manor House, County Durham”

Tivetshall St Mary, Norfolk

    UNDER the wide skies of southern Norfolk there are two villages called Tivetshall – two twins only recently united as one civil parish. Two villages produced two churches and, as is often the case with pairs of churches, they are of unequal popularity. While the church at Tivetshall St Margaret is well used andContinue reading “Tivetshall St Mary, Norfolk”