Bedmond

I stumbled across The Church of the Ascension in Bedmond while joining my other half for a day as he walked from Reading to St Albans a couple of years ago. It’s unusual to see a metal panel church in the UK – the weather here is very changeable and I can imagine there are only a few weeks a year where the temperature is comfortable inside here :)

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Wallingford

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This tiny stone church in the middle of Wallingford cemetery in Oxfordshire is the first entry into my new collection of church photos. Mostly, I’m drawn to the architecture of modern churches or those with unusual materials or forms and the collection will mostly be made up of that sort of thing. Occasionally though a traditional church catches my eye and this little guy is just the cutest thing. So tiny and compact but still full of interesting angles and intricately carved details. The tile pattern on the roof is wonderful. I didn’t get chance to peek inside as we walked past but I wonder just how small the space is with such thick walls.

sacred heart

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After sketching the skyline of Reading from the The White Building roof terrace we moved on to Watlington Street where most of us sketched the Church of the Sacred Heart, a beige and red sandstone Polish Roman Catholic church with many wonderful twiddly bits to draw. It was also possible to sit in the shade with a good view of the church so was a popular spot in the hot afternoon sun. We were still sketching as the service ended and the congregation were very lovely, coming over to see what we were doing and inviting us in to see the interior. Hopefully we will be able to go back another time and sketch the inside!

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70’s Mexican Church

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I love the architecture of churches, especially modern churches. Whatever the specific denomination or the decade it was built you can somehow always tell it is a church even though materials and styles can vary wildly. Yes, ok, there are often crosses dotted around the place but not always and it’s still true even if they were removed – there’s just something unique about the proportions and ratios of height to width and window to wall.

This church was a short walk from my hotel in Mexico City when I visited last year. While I sat across the road in a tiny park sketching the bulky, imposing structure a local resident told me that it was built in the 70’s and that they thought it was ugly and couldn’t understand why I would want to draw it :)

At the end of our trip we managed to visit the very impressive Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and I guess I can see why someone would call this church ugly in comparison but I still like it.