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Cotswold churches

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7439.591-a (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:591
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    There is something rather arresting about the inside of a medieval church in mid-winter. The air is cold and still, and the silence has a different quality within the deep stone walls. The grey half-light falls on flagstones worn smooth by the thousand year cohort who have been there before you. It is impossible not to feel transient.

    In the winter I tour around these Cotswold churches on my mountain bike feeding my pineal gland on the morsels of sunlight. My family, who …

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