Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about church

  • St. Martin's in the Fields, London

    If you’re huffy, you get what you deserve.

  • After so many years in Switzerland, we rely on the quarter-hourly chiming of the nearest church bell to know what the time is. Or, if we’re enjoying a summer evening, quickly looking across to the other side of the village. 

  • 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…

  • Ligerz, Switzerland

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

  • Arisdorf, Switzerland

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

  • 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 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…

  • 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…

  • Up the Aisle

    A few selected images from my ever-expanding collection of aisles in places of worship.

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

  • The number eleven has a lot of relevance in the Swiss city of Solothurn.

  • A winter visit to the baroque Jesuit church in Solothurn.

  • A visit to the “motorway church” of St. Christophorus in Baden-Württemberg during our 2010 road trip from Switzerland to the UK and back.

  • An unlikely entrance for a massive brick church, looming over narrow lanes in the heart of Milan, not far from Sforzesco castle. Work began on the church in 1400 AD, following nearly two hundred years of religious gatherings on the site. After parts of the building collapsed in 1449, repair work was untertaken and the…

  • This is the seat of the Swiss reformist catholic church in Switzerland, formed in 1871. The cathedral is comparatively modern, having been built next to the city hall between 1858 and 1864, and was the result of an international design competition, won by a group of architects including Frenchman Pierre Joseph Edouard Deperthes, the architect…

  • The date is set

    We will be married in the late afternoon of Friday, 5th October 2007 at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland.