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The History Files

Help with Galleries

How to use gallery pages

The gallery pages within the History Files contain multiple images or photos, which are quickly loaded for you so that you are easily able to scroll through them with no delays for downloading each new image.

At the top of each gallery page, you will see a series of numbers, bracketed by 'Back' and 'Next' labels, as shown in the image below. This is the gallery navigation bar.

Gallery navigation
A sample of a gallery navigation bar

Features Indices Churches Indices Churches Indices Railway Walks Indices King Lists Indices Rss Feeds

Each gallery page will typically hold either six or ten photos, and will always load with the first image showing, which is why the first number on the navigation bar is slightly faded, to show that it is active.

To access the remaining images, either click with your mouse on the number, or click on 'Next', which will scroll you through the images at a rate of one image per click. Click on 'Back' to scroll in the opposite direction.

Churches, castles, palaces and manor houses

The 'Churches of the World' series of photo galleries, and similar gallery pages which focus on castles, palaces, manor houses and other buildings of historical interest, sometimes concentrate on one individual church or building per page, but in many cases, especially with the church pages, they will focus on multiple buildings. The number of churches on one page depends on the available content, and may number anything up to ten, although something between three and five is more normal.

You will be able to spot when a new church comes up because its name will be shown emboldened in the text below the photo, as shown below.

Bold name for new churches
Emboldened text which highlights the name of a new church within a single gallery page

There may also be more than one emboldened church name in the text. Very often, especially with non-conformist, minor churches, the name will change over the years. If a second name is shown in the text, this will be the name by which that church or other place of worship was previously known.

Emboldened names are always included in the index, so that you can find a church by whichever name you best know it.

Index page links to a specific place of worship

Links to individual places of worship in the main index pages will only take you to the gallery page which contains that location, not necessarily to the individual building itself. It is up to you to scroll through the pictures until you reach the entry for the particular building you require.

Taking the 'tour'

The reason that there are often multiple churches or other places of worship entered onto one gallery page is that they are formatted so that you can take a virtual tour around a specific town or district, reading about each place of worship as it comes up, almost as if you were walking around the area itself.

To take the tour, click on the relevant picture on the index page. The picture is always located above the link for the full list of churches in that county.

Once you have finished with the first page in a section, use the 'Following Pages' links on the righthand side of the page to access the next page, which will be labelled 'Part 2', 'Part 3', etc. When you come to the last part, and the next link is for a different county or district, you can either continue the tour by clicking on that link, or go back to the main index by selecting the 'Special Index' link below it.

'Related Links' will take you to pages containing places of worship that have been mentioned in the main text on the present page.

Of course, with a portable internet connection, you can also take the virtual tour with you as a guide to your real world tour.


A list of churches and other places of worship in the British Isles which have already photographed for the collection can be found here.

To help the photo galleries grow, you can let us know what material you would like to send in by contacting us here.