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Maintenance Course Book

The cover of Ian's Maintenance Course BookIan's book, Church Buildings Inspection and Maintenance: An Introduction to the Essentials (3rd Edition) is available again. This follows the format and layout of the 2015 edition but has been updated to include some better pictures and details of the new (2016) Faculty Rules. This book is FREE to paying participants in one of Ian's Church Maintenance Training Courses or you can buy copies for £7.50 each. P&P for one copy is £1.50 and then an additional 75p for each further copy (so £2.25 if you order two books, £3.00 for three, etc.). Email for details of how to order, and for details of discounts for large quantities (25+ copies).

Update, November 2017: This book has now been reprinted and copies are available.

The Horsfall Churches - FRH Newsletter Article

The Horsfall Churches - Conserving the Legacy of Liverpool's Great Church Building Family is the title Ian chose when asked to write an article for the monthly online Newsletter of Future for Religious Heritage (May 2017). Looking first chronologically at all nine churches partly or fully paid for by Charles, Robert, George and Douglas Horsfall and then turning to look specifically at the challenges posed to modern conservators by some of the six survivors, Ian tells the story of how these philanthropists from a lost era left their mark upon the city they loved and explains why their legacy needs to be preserved. You can read the article by following this link.

Church Guide Books

Ian has written, or co-written, guide books, leaflets and interpretation material for several churches in Liverpool and beyond. Some of these items are shared here for free download (PDF format) in the hope that they might prove interesting and useful to researchers and church visitors. Ian hopes that those who take advantage of these free downloads will be kind enough to leave a donation for the churches when they do visit in person. Simply click on the underlined link in each case. Currently available are:

- EDGE HILL (LIVERPOOL) - All Saints Parish Church

- PARR MOUNT (ST. HELENS) - Holy Trinity

- TOXTETH - St. Margaret of Antioch


Ian's Newsletter, Church Heritage & Buildings Newsletter, contains a mixture of news, articles and reflections on his work with churches. A particularly popular feature of H&BN is the series of articles on Europe's Best Churches, drawing on his love of travel and reflecting his membership of the pan-European group Future for Religious Heritage. Back issues may be downloaded as PDFs using the links below.


Index to Issues 1-9 in PDF Format
Issue 1 - January 2014 Issue 2 - April 2014 Issue 3 - Summer 2014 Issue 4 - Winter 2014/5 Issue 5 - Spring 2015
Issue 6 - Summer 2015 Issue 7 - Autumn 2015 Issue 8 - Winter 2015/6 Issue 9 - Winter 2016/7 Issue 10 - April 2019