Tiny Churches - Dixe Wills
AA £16.99 320 pages ISBN 978-0-7495-7768-1
Dixe Wills, chronicler of some of Britain’s lesser known quirks and eccentricities, has turned his attention to the tiniest churches England, Scotland and Wales have to offer.
These kind of national guides can often fall into one of two flawed categories: the comprehensive, hefty tome full of erudite information but largely dull to read and inaccessible for the non-specialist, or the admittedly entertaining but largely superficial sweep around the subject, poorly researched and hugely patchy in its scope.
Gloriously, Dixe Wills has avoided both these traps, and put together a wittily written guide that is genuinely accessible and educational, but great fun too. He has an eye for the oddball, yet this never descends into irreverence and cheap laughs.
You’ll learn a lot about church architecture, local history and the intriguing way some of our tiniest churches have survived over centuries of plagues, civil war, religious upheaval and dodgy landowners.
There are service times and contact details for each church listed, so you can check it’s open when you want to visit. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photography, it’s a great read and ideal for popping in your bag if you’re travelling around the UK. Highly recommended!