Whatever faith many people follow you can guarantee many of them will do so in an architectural building of splendour. Such buildings are rarely built with the same kind of opulence these days, perhaps with the exception of Mosques. Photos of which I have yet to capture but intend to do so.
These buildings carry so much history; not just in the memories of Christenings, Weddings and Funerals, or, 'Hatches, Matches and despatches', as some colloquially call them, but also in their design and fabric. When ancient buildings like these require restoration or repairs, generally due to damage caused by the elements on the outside or Woodworm and dry rot on the inside, finding the skilled crafts people to carry out the work is becoming more difficult with each passing decade.
This is why I love to capture photos of these amazing buildings. One sure way of preserving their identity in perpetuity. There was a time when access to the inside of Churches was straight forward as many of them always had an open door policy. Nowadays, sadly, due to theft and vandalism, most church buildings are kept securely locked. It's a sad indictment that one of the comedian's standing jokes was often at the the expense of a church roof having its lead stripped off by thieves.
Here I have had the good fortune and the assistance of some very helpful church staff, to capture inside as well as the outside of some beautiful buildings that were built to Glorify the God they worshipped. I hope I have managed to capture the essence of the solitude and serenity of these magnificent buildings. The like of which we're unlikely to ever see built again and are gradually but most certainly living on borrowed time.
A revisit to the Beautiful village of Whalley saw me inside the local Parish church, St Mary & All Saints. Little has changed since my last visit and I'm happy to say, it remains a lovely tranquil place of peace.