A Pilling church has been specially chosen to feature in a new book endorsed by the Prince of Wales.
St John the Baptist Old Church, Pilling, is among 36 featured churches in Beautiful Churches Saved by The Churches Conservation Trust and described by Prince Charles in his foreword as ‘highlights of English church architecture’.
St John the Baptist might look simple and unassuming from the outside but it has a stunning, unspoiled Georgian ‘preaching box’ interior. Large windows illuminate wonderful wood furnishings with the cool, watery light of the surrounding marshland.
Outside is the grave of Reverend G. Potter. He was a prize fighter, and was said to have fought thrice and preached twice one Sunday.
Author Matthew Byrne has been exploring, studying and photographing English parish churches for almost 40 years. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1988 for his work in architectural photography.
The churches of The Churches Conservation Trust have long held a particular fascination for him because of their often remote and silent loneliness and their atmospheric interiors unaltered for centuries.
This book is his own special tribute to these churches and the work of the Trust, without which many of them would no longer exist.
Beautiful Churches saved by the Churches Conservation Trust is published by Francis Lincoln Limited and is out now. It is available in all good bookshops and online. For more information visit http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/BeautifulChurchesBook/