SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Michael Hodges

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June 28, 2022
Giles Gilbert Scott is best known these days by the British public either for his K2 and K6 red telephone boxes (now rapidly vanishing from the English scene) or for his two London power stations on the River Thames at Chelsea and at Bankside in Southwark, the latter now transformed into Tate Modern. His major
May 27, 2022
The westernmost county of England, once a hotbed of Protestant nonconformity, has a handful of notable churches
April 29, 2022
Two Victorian treasures have finally been returned to their original glory after decades of philistine mistreatment
March 30, 2022
The work of the prolific 19th-century inventor and architect includes a number of striking Catholic churches
March 01, 2022
The East Anglian county has an extraordinary quantity of beautiful church architecture
January 27, 2022
New murals enhance the beauty of the Church of St Francis of Assisi in this Catholic enclave in Warwickshire
November 29, 2021
The Second Catholic Relief Act of 1791 marked the start of a century-plus of the building of  a series of interesting Catholic churches on the Isle of Wight. Elizabeth Browne was born on the island in 1734. She was brought up at Sleat Manor, Chillerton and was educated at a Catholic school for girls in Hammersmith.
October 31, 2021
The ordination of Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, as a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham took place on Saturday 30th October at the Church of the Assumption, Warwick Street. He had been ordained a Catholic deacon two days before at the Chapel of Oscott, where St John
October 22, 2021
Charting the history of the Order which has survived over centuries and is now settled in Chelmsford
October 14, 2021
Michael Hodges reviews Holland Blind Twilight 
by John Martin Robinson
October 13, 2021
St Birinus, probably a monk of St Andrew’s Benedictine Monastery on the Caelian Hill in Rome, was ordered by Pope Honorius I to England in 634 AD to convert the West Saxons. A year later he landed at Southampton. He succeeded in converting Cynegils, the West Saxon king. The latter gave St Birinus Dorchester-upon-Thames, as
September 01, 2021
The reputation of EW Pugin has inevi tably, to a degree, been overshadowed by that of his father, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52). Both lived very short lives – father and son respectively died at 40 and 41 – and yet both achieved a prolific amount. EW Pugin was responsible for two English Catholic cathedrals
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