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Preston in the Picture: The Light of Life

Posted on - 20th May, 2012 - 9:30am | Author - | Posted in - Photos

 

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st walburge's church

Given the location for this photograph, I thought it would be ok to borrow a few words from the New Testament for the title. It goes something like this depending on which version of the Bible you choose: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Most photographs of this Roman Catholic church feature its amazing steeple but there are other features that are equally enchanting. It’s the kind of building that should be cherished yet, as with so many building in Preston, it looks like it’s in need of some serious TLC. What is it about Preston and its buildings?

St Walburge’s was designed to be a church to be proud of and it has been described as an outstanding building by an ingenious and imaginative architect. The architect was a man called Joseph Aloysius Hansom and he certainly created a landmark building. That famous spire rises over 300 feet into the Preston sky and whenever I see it after a trip away I get that comforting feeling of being home.

I have been inside the church but I’ve never got around to photographing it – the scale of the interior is just as impressive as the exterior.

Photo: Fuji x100 f8 1/75 ISO400

Paul Melling [Paul Melling Photography]

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