Churches

What’s the harm in opening the church doors?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The end of summer 2021, the end of the great British staycation. I sat on the grass outside the post…

Why I will miss our mighty cooling towers – and I suspect I am not alone

21 August 2021 9:00 am

There are many examples of beautiful old buildings being knocked down in favour of undistinguished new ones. But not everything can be preserved in aspic, says Martin Gayford

The National Trust has lost the language of architecture

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Press officers, breathe easy. This is not another column attacking the National Trust. Actually, I tell a lie. It is.…

Is this the last chance to save the Church of England?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Is this the last chance to save the Church of England

Should monuments to past Archbishops of Canterbury come down?

15 May 2021 9:00 am

This week, the Church of England issued its document ‘Contested Heritage in Cathedrals and Churches’. It is guidance for what…

The Church of England's new religion

22 April 2021 8:00 pm

This article first appeared in the 20 March edition of The Spectator.The Church of England report that was leaked to Douglas…

The Church of England’s new religion

20 March 2021 9:00 am

With a heavy heart I must return once more to the subject of the Church of England. I recognise that…

A defence of the Church of England

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The Church of England is changing – for the better

Letters: How to repair the Church of England

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Save on bishops Sir: The Church of England is once again missing the point if its financial crisis will result…

Holy relic: what will be left of the Church of England after the pandemic?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The Church of England as we know it is disappearing

The misguided priorities of church authorities

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The church authorities’ priorities are all wrong

Letters: The Church of England’s Covid shame

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Paradise lost Sir: After reading Jonathan Beswick (‘Critical mass’, 16 January) I am writing to express the shame I feel…

Why I’m keeping my church open in lockdown

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Why I’m keeping my church open

Will our churches ever reopen?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Will churches ever fully reopen?

Bring back Westminster Abbey’s bells

10 October 2020 9:00 am

It took me several weeks, after returning to the Spectator office, to work out what was missing. It wasn’t the…

Why people have sex in graveyards

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The oldest churchyard in Torquay is being used by people openly having sex and sunbathing nude in broad daylight. This…

Letters: What cycle helmets can tell us about face masks

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Masking the truth Sir: Matthew Parris is right to laud the importance of embracing the scientific method (‘Why should opinion…

Why did we not ban Huawei earlier?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

‘Just rejoice’, as Mrs Thatcher once said about something else. The government’s decision to debug our national security by getting…

My fears for the future of my church have been realised

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The only memorable argument I have ever heard in that tedious debate about whether Shakespeare was a Catholic came from…

Letters: Police must focus on deterring crime, not responding to it

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Deterring crime Sir: Rod Liddle is right to highlight the politicisation of the police as a source of their inadequacies,…

Michelangelo’s David must fall

27 June 2020 9:00 am

‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ said the plane’s banner as it circled the club’s stadium just after the teams had ‘taken…

Letters: Churches have risen to the challenge of lockdown

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Back to schools Sir: I share Lucy Kellaway’s enthusiasm for seeing school-life return and inequality gaps closed (‘A class apart’,…

This could have been a great opportunity for the Church

20 June 2020 9:00 am

During these months of inertia, I confess to having on occasion made illicit trips to churches in the English countryside.…

Will churches open their doors as lockdown eases?

7 May 2020 12:57 am

The grumbling of high church clergy should now lessen a bit. They were complaining, in some cases furiously, about the…

Don't close the churches because of coronavirus

25 March 2020 4:18 am

Last night, when the Prime Minister made his address to the nation he declared that places of worship would be…