Mont St Michel

I first visited the monastery at Mont St Michel the summer of 1987 when I did a hitch hiking pilgrimage from England to Jerusalem. I stayed with the monks, and grew to love the place. When I went to live on the Isle of Wight it was a short hop across the channel from Portsmouth [Read More...]

Downside Abbey

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Bradford on Avon

The ancient Saxon church in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. I first visited this church as a student at Oxford, while on Easter break. Little did I know that I would come to live in Chippenham–just a ten minute drive from Bradford on Avon some years later. On my way to Downside Abbey on retreat, I [Read More...]

St Mary’s Brading

The country church on the Isle of Wight where I was vicar. The present church was built in the eleventh century after the Norman invasion, replacing a wooden structure which was probably built on a pagan worship site on top of the hill. Brading was a harbor in the middle ages, and legend has it [Read More...]

Quarr Abbey

I first visited Quarr Abbey while an Anglican curate serving in East Sussex. I went with a priest friend who had served on the Isle of Wight, and loved the place immediately. I went back several times on retreat, and it was the Benedictine life at Quarr, and the antiquated pace of life on the [Read More...]

Kings College Cambridge

Kings College, Cambridge is one of the most perfectly splendid churches in Christendom. A lofty and open space, it rivals any gothic church anywhere for the combination of light and celestial beauty. When the architecture and beautiful setting along the banks of the River Cam are combined with the singing of the world famous choir [Read More...]