This image is the cover for the book England's Cathedrals by Train

England's Cathedrals by Train

One of the jewels in the nation's crown is its Anglican cathedrals. Many, constructed after the invasion of 1066, stand as monuments to the determination and commitment of their Norman builders. Others have been built in later centuries while some started life as parish churches and were subsequently raised to cathedral status. Places of wonder and beauty, they symbolize the Christian life of the nation and are more visited today than ever as places which represent England's religious creed, heritage and the skills of their builders.Eight hundred years later came the Victorians who pioneered the Industrial Revolution and created railways. Like their Norman predecessors they built to last and the railway system bequeathed to later generations, has endured in much the same form as when originally constructed. There is little sign that railways will be displaced by other modes of transport, anyway in the foreseeable future,Combining a study of thirty-three English cathedrals and the railway systems which allow them to be reached, the author seeks to celebrate these two magnificent institutions. In the process he hopes to encourage others to travel the same journeys as he himself has undertaken.As seen in The Church Times and Worcester News.

Murray Naylor, Lord Hope

A former professional soldier, Murray Naylor has long been fascinated by railways, including how they originated and how they have today been developed into a vital communication service. In recent years he has cultivated a similar interest in some of Britain’s medieval churches, in particular our great Anglican cathedrals and works as a volunteer guide at York Minster. He lives in North Yorkshire and has travelled widely to fulfil these two interests.

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