I produced this image of the floor at Saint Mary the Virgin, Bury Parish Church because I wanted to get across how beautiful and unique it is. Pevsner calls it a 'tour de force'. I think it is a remarkable example of the Victorian vision and and also their will to carry out such a vision.
The aim of the pic is to draw attention to some of the aspects of our historic churches which are undervalued and undervisited. Since posting this image on flickr it has received a lot of attention and comments. I think that's great for our heritage and our churches in general. It shows that there is a 'market' of interest out there which is potential 'capital' for our historic churches. It's great to see historic church architecture combined with cutting edge web 2 services such as flickr; and this is what we need to do to keep our historic churches at the forefront.
If you're interested in the seeing more of the floor you can visit the church!
Take a look at this photo essay at Tabblo which has lots of pics of the floor
Take a look at my flickr photosets on the church, or the floor, or the reredos (another tour de force)
If after all that your'e fascinated with the magic of tiles and ceramics (or you'd like to find a church near you which you can visit) then you can visit the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society website
More on tiles and ceramics on my delicious pages
If you have a feature of your church which you think is undervalued and should have more attention then drop me a line - we might be able to feature some images.
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