Politicians of all faiths, and none, name their favourite UK churches

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

 

Britain's most senior Muslim politician and two atheist party political leaders are among figures from the world of politics, arts and entertainment to nominate their favourite UK churches.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, both of whom have declared they do not believe in God, have placed their favourite churches on a list issued to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Churches Trust.

Click here or on 'view gallery' to see more images

Mr Miliband, MP for Doncaster North, said he was naming the Norman St Mary Magdalene Church in Campsall, Doncaster as his favourite church.

"St Mary Magdalene is said to be the church where Robin Hood and Maid Marian were married," he told the trust.

"As strong believers in redistribution the people of Doncaster North are happy to reclaim his roots."

Mr Clegg nominated the 15th century grade one St Nicholas' Church in High Bradfield, in his Sheffield Hallam constituency, while Baroness Warsi, minister for faith and communities, and a Muslim, named Dewsbury Minster, within her home town of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, as her favourite church.

"This beautiful church is well loved by Dewsbury people of all faiths, including my own Muslim community, and I pray that it continues to prosper for another 1,400 years and more," Lady Warsi said.

Prime Minister David Cameron nominated All Saints Church in Spelsbury, Oxfordshire, recalling the "very special memory" of his late son Ivan's christening at the church. He also names St Mary the Virgin in Witney, Oxfordshire, as a church for which he has "great affection".

Mayor of London Boris Johnson nominates St Magnus the Martyr Church, in the City of London, and Ukip leader Nigel Farage describes St Thomas A Becket Church in Romney Marsh, Kent, as "quite enchanting".

Other celebrities listing their favourite churches include actor Brian Blessed who nominates Great Houghton Methodist Church in South Yorkshire and Joanna Lumley, who praises St Bride's Church in Fleet Street, central London, as a "little gem".

Comedian Hugh Dennis describes the "beautiful" St Michael's Church, in Up Marden, West Sussex, as a "fantastic place of calm, and for contemplation".

Monty Python star Michael Palin praises St Margaret of Antioch Church, Abbotsley, Cambridgeshire, where he was married, while actor Sir Patrick Stewart nominates Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare is buried.

Explorer Bear Grylls nominates Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, west London, where the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby was once a worshipper and lay leader.

Claire Walker, chief executive of the National Churches Trust, which promotes church conservation, said it hoped the list would help highlight the awareness of churches as some of the UK's "most important and well-loved" buildings.

"The UK's 47,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses are a tremendous asset to the nation," she said.

"Together, they form an unparalleled network of public buildings which sustain local communities."

LIST OF UK'S 'FAVOURITE CHURCHES'

Here is a list of the UK's favourite churches as chosen by 60 people from the world of politics, entertainment, journalism and academia.

BERKSHIRE

Holy Trinity Church, Ferry Lane, Cookham - chosen by TV presenter Timmy Mallett.

BIRMINGHAM

Cotteridge Quaker Meeting House, 23a Watford Road, Cotteridge - chosen by Paul Parker, Recording Clerk of the Quakers in Britain.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Penn - chosen by cookery author Mary Berry.

St Mary the Virgin, Well Hill Road, Fawley Green, Fawley, Wycombe - chosen by broadcaster Ben Fogle.

St Nicolas' Church, High Street, Taplow - chosen by TV personality Sir Terry Wogan.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

St Margaret of Antioch Church, Abbotsley - chosen by broadcaster Michael Palin.

CORNWALL

St Endellion Church, St Endellion, Port Isaac - chosen by Rt Rev and Rt Hon Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

CUMBRIA

Brigflatts Friends Meeting House, Brigflatts, near Sedbergh - chosen by astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

DEVON

Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan Hill, Torbryan - chosen by round-the-world sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

DORSET

Sherborne Abbey, Abbey Close, Sherborne - chosen by businesswoman and charity leader Camila Batmanghelidjh.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

All Saints Church, Parsons Lane, Bisley - chosen by author Jilly Cooper.

HEREFORDSHIRE

Church of St Mary and St David, Castle Park, Kilpeck - chosen by arts journalist Alastair Sooke.

HERTFORDSHIRE

St Edmund's College Chapel, Old Hall Green, Ware - chosen by Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

KENT

St Thomas a Becket Church, Fairfield, Romney Marsh - chosen by Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

LEICESTERSHIRE

St Wilfrid's Church, Church Road, Kibworth Beauchamp - chosen by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood.

LINCOLNSHIRE

Collegiate Church of Holy Trinity, Sleaford Road, Tattershall - chosen by Julia Hanmer, chief executive of the Bat Conservation Trust.

LONDON

St Bride's Church, Fleet Street - chosen by TV presenter Giles Coren, and also actress Joanna Lumley.

Holy Trinity Church, Brompton Road, Kensington - chosen by adventurer Bear Grylls.

St Matthew's Church, North Common Road, Ealing - chosen by historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes.

St Magnus the Martyr Church, Lower Thames Street - chosen by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

All Saints Church, Margaret Street, W1 - chosen by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Farm Street Catholic Church, 114 Mount Street, W1 - chosen by hotelier and broadcaster Alex Polizzi.

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square - chosen by Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter.

St Anne's Church, Commercial Road, Newell Street, Limehouse - chosen by former First Sea Lord Admiral the Rt Hon Lord West of Spithead.

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Newham - chosen by Rev Lucy Winkett, an Anglican priest and contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day.

MERSEYSIDE

St Peter and St Paul RC Church, 161 Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool - chosen by Cherie Blair, barrister and wife of former prime minister Tony Blair.

NORFOLK

All Saints Church, Cockthorpe, Norwich - chosen by author Alain de Botton.

OXFORDSHIRE

St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Green, Witney; All Saints Church, Church Lane, Spelsbury - chosen by Prime Minister David Cameron.

All Saints Church, Church Road, Cuddesdon - chosen by Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster.

Bishop Edward King Chapel, Ripon College, Cuddesdon - chosen by Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes, chairman of the BBC Trust.

SHROPSHIRE

Heath Chapel, Heath, near Bouldon - chosen by classicist Professor Mary Beard, and also by historian and TV presenter Dr Kate Williams.

SOMERSET

St Andrew's Church, 6 New Street, Mells - chosen by author and journalist Harry Mount.

SUFFOLK

Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh - chosen by broadcaster Emma Freud.

St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Street, Wetherden - chosen by historian Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch.

St Peter's Church, Darsham Road, Westleton - chosen by journalist and author Libby Purves.

St Peter's Church, Theberton with Eastbridge - chosen by actress Diana Quick

SUNDERLAND

St Andrew's Church, Talbot Road, Roker - chosen by opera singer Sir Thomas Allen.

YORKSHIRE

Otley Methodist Church, Walkergate, Otley, West Yorkshire - chosen by Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church.

Great Houghton Methodist Church, High Street, Great Houghton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire - chosen by actor Brian Blessed.

St Nicholas' Church, Town Gate, High Bradfield, Bradfield, South Yorkshire - chosen by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

St Mary Magdalene Church, High Street, Campsall, Doncaster, South Yorkshire - chosen by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

All Saints Church, Totley Hall Lane, Totley, South Yorkshire - chosen by writer and radio presenter Rony Robinson.

Dewsbury Minster, Rishworth Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire - chosen by Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister for Faith and Communities.

New North Road Baptist Church, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire - chosen by Rev Ernie Whalley, President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

WARWICKSHIRE

Holy Trinity Church, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon - chosen by actor Sir Patrick Stewart.

WEST SUSSEX

St Michael's Church, Up Marden - chosen by actor and comedian Hugh Dennis.

St Peter's Church, Church Lane, Lodsworth - chosen by actress Geraldine James.

NORTHERN IRELAND

St Patrick's RC Church, 199 Donegall Street, Belfast - chosen by journalist and broadcaster Eamonn Holmes

St Mark's Church, 56 Brownstown Road, Portadown, Co Armagh - chosen by TV and radio presenter Gloria Hunniford.

SCOTLAND

Renfrew North Parish Church, 14b Renfield Street, Renfrew - chosen by Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the Church of Scotland

St John the Evangelist RC Church, 92 Glaisnock Road, Cumnock, Ayrshire - chosen by composer and conductor James MacMillan.

Deer Abbey, A950 road, Old Deer, Aberdeenshire - chosen by Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland.

New Laigh Kirk Church, John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock - chosen by journalist and TV presenter Kirsty Wark.

The Italian Chapel, Lambholm, Orkney, Highlands and Islands - chosen by Falklands War veteran Simon Weston.

WALES

Capel Als Chapel, Marble Hall Road, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire - chosen by journalist and TV presenter Huw Edwards.

Church of St Ishow, Partrishow, The Vale of Grwyney, Powys - chosen by Ian Hislop, editor of the magazine Private Eye.

Soar Y Mynydd Welsh Calvinist Methodist Chapel, Llanddewi Brefi, Tregaron, Dyfed - chosen by Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales.

The Cathedral and Parish Church of SS Peter & Paul, Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy, The Cathedral Green, Llandaff, Cardiff - chosen by Most Rev Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

King's College, Cambridge: Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships October 2016

£20,100 (pre-award of doctorate) rising each year to a maximum of £25,869: Kin...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - Back End

£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has bec...

Recruitment Genius: Online Lettings Negotiator

£18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity to join ...

Guru Careers: Trainer / IT Trainer

£30 to £32k : Guru Careers: We are seeking a Trainer / IT Trainer to join an a...

Day In a Page

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered: What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'