Lanterns of the North

Among the many satisfactions of my office as Bishop in Aberdeen (1977-2002), one of the greatest must be the provision and care of so many beautiful churches; and the fruitful friendship of those engaged in their design, adornment, preservation and recording.

“My thanks are due to two gentlemen, my friends and friends of the Church, Mr Oliver Humphries, architect of some of the fine churches illustrated herein; and Mr John R. Hume, sometime Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings with Historic Scotland.

“The concept of the book was motivated on my part by gratitude to these two architects for their friendship and professional support over the years, and for what is most outstanding, the initiative both have separately taken in producing very beautiful drawings of churches in the Diocese of Aberdeen, in which they have had a hand in designing or altering or having observed and recorded in the course of their work.”

Archbishop Emeritus, Mario Joseph Conti

Lanterns of the North, published by Palladio Press/Amazon (188 pages), is an architect’s view of eleven churches throughout the Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen, plus the ‘Secret Seminary’ at Scalan. It includes many full colour photographs as well as Oliver Humphries’ architectural drawings of the buildings, exterior and interior. There is also an Appendix containing the beautiful line drawings of all our churches, done by John R. Hume.

Copies of the book may be obtained, price £9 from the Cathedral shop or direct from the publisher Deacon Tony Schmitz via the form below:

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