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A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

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Kilmuir Easter Church

Kilmuir Easter Church, Scotland

The only remains of antiquity that stood in this parish, were last year removed.  In the place of Delny, once a principal seat of the Earls of Ross, stood the ruins of a Romish chapel on a pleasant bank surrounded by graves.  This spot has been deserted as a burying place for many years; and… (Read More)

The vineyards on Lake Biel

Ligerz, Switzerland

A great spot to photograph the vineyards and sixteenth-century church at Ligerz, on the shores of Lake Biel.

Arisdorf, Switzerland

Arisdorf, Switzerland

A picturesque village set in a rolling landscape, whose name is perhaps more often associated with a nearby motorway tunnel.

Untertorbrücke, Bern

The Untertorbrücke is one of the oldest bridges in Bern, crossing the river Aare. The first bridge was built of wood on this site and opened in 1256, and was replaced in 1489 by a more substantial, fortified stone version. It was Bern’s only bridge until 1834 and has stood in its current form since the… (Read More)

Zürich, Switzerland

Paradeplatz in Zürich is a central tram stop, where several lines come together under the watchful eyes of bank headquarters. Here, fresh rain and the addition of Christmas lighting lit up the square to provide a festive scene.

Ulm Minster

I’d all but forgotten that we’d even visited Ulm, until I came across a set of photos of the interior of the minster.

St. Dunstan-in-the-East

St. Dunstan-in-the-East was a church in the City of London, built in 1100, extended in the fourteenth century and repaired just over thirty years before the Great Fire of London, after which a large steeple to a design by Sir Christopher Wren was added. Despite largely surviving the fire, the structure was found to be unsafe in… (Read More)

St. Mary-le-Bow

The church of St. Mary-le-Bow in London sits halfway between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England, on the historic road known as Cheapside. The church is widely accepted by many Londoners as being the true centre of London: tradition indicates that in order to be a true “Cockney” (Londoner), one must have been born… (Read More)

Up the Aisle

When travelling, I like to see historic things. One of my regular stops is a local church; not for religious reasons, but because churches contain a compact version of the local history. From ruins to cathedrals, from the simple to the ornate, churches follow a very similar layout across the world but yet every one… (Read More)

Didlington Hall estate, Norfolk

The church of St. Michael, on the private ground of the Didlington Hall estate, west of Swaffham in Norfolk, England.