Quest


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In 2008 I cycled to the nearest twelve churches that Simon Jenkins picked as among the thousand best in England.

In order of distance, as the crow flies, they were:

1) All Saints, Bisham
2) St John, Shottesbrooke
3) St James the less, Dorney
4) St Michael, Warfield
5) St Giles, Stoke Poges
6) St Mary, Langley
7) St Lawrence, West Wycombe
8) Meeting House, Jordans
9) St. John the baptist, Little Missenden
10) St Mary, Harefield
11) St Michael, Chenies
12) St Mary, Ewelme

18th May: 2008 quest completed

I later added another, which turns out to be closer than Ewelme

-) Holy Trinity, Bledlow

In 2009 I reached the next twelve, bringing the total to 25:

1) St Andrew, Wheatfield
2) All Saints, Little Kimble
3) St Mary, Harrow
4) Holy Rood, Watford
5) St Mary, Thame
6) St Lawrence, Stanmore
7) St Mary, Haddenham
8) St Mary, Silchester
9) St Mary, Stoke d'Abernon
10) St Mary, Aldworth
11) St George, Esher
12) St James, Bramley

In the first half of 2010 I reached the next fifteen, bringing the total to 40:

1) Abbey of St Peter & St Paul, Dorchester
2) All Saints, North Moreton
3) All Saints, Ockham
4) St Anne, Kew Green
5) St Peter, Petersham
6) St Michael, Rycote
7) St Katherin, Chislehampton
8) St Nicholas, Nether Winchenden
9) St Andrew, East Hagbourne
10) St Mary the Virgin, Ivinghoe
11) St Nicholas, Compton
12) St Peter & St Paul, Albury
13) St James, Radley
14) St Mary, Iffley
15) St James, Shere

Completed 3 May 2010

I'm now working on the next ten to bring the total to 50:

1) All Saints, Crondall (done)
2) Saint Augustine, Kilburn
3) Saint Mary Magdalene, Paddington
4) Saint Jude, Hampstead Garden Suburb (done)
5) Saint Catherine, Wolverton (done)
6) Saint Cuthbert, Philbeach Gardens, Kensington (done)
7) Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, Kensington (done)
8) Holy Tinity, Prince Consort Road, Kensington (done)
9) Saint Augustine, Queens Gate, Kensington (done)
10) Saint John, Church Row, Hampstead (done)