A geologist with a passion for historical buildings has published a new book about the churches of Rutland.
Andrew Swift spent two years visiting all 50 parishes churches in the county and researching their history in preparation for the book.
His publication, The Complete Guide to the Parish Churches of Rutland, follows two earlier books featuring churches in neighbouring Leicestershire.
Andrew, a honorary visiting fellow at the University of Leicester, said: “I’m interested in history and became fascinated with churches and their place in social evolution over time.
“The book looks at the features, history and general design of each building as well as anything else that seemed interesting.
“I always have my favourites which tend to be the ones with the most interesting historical features. In Rutland I particularly liked Tixover, Stoke Dry, Whissendine and Oakham.”
Andrew, who lives in Leicester, has written around 400 words on each of the churches and taken around 15 photographs of each church to illustrate the book.
He said: “I’ve tried to write in a popularist way without getting too technical.”
The book costs £15 and is currently available from Melton Bookshop in Melton Mowbray, the Visit Leicester shop in Leicester and from Andrew on 0116 283 3127.
He hopes it will also be stocked by independent bookshops in the county.