A.J.P. Taylor

Two activities have brought me pleasure throughout my life. The first is fell walking, as it is called in Lancashire. The second is the systematic visiting of churches. The first I have long renounced. No more scrambles across Kinder Scout pursued by gamekeepers. No more struggles through the mist on Coniston Old Man. Worst of all, no more doing the round of Fairfield Horse Shoe. I doubt whether I could even get to the top of Latter-barrow. One day I must try.

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[*] The Cathedrals of England by Nikolaus Pevsner and Priscilla Metcalf. Viking, 2 vols, £25 each, 25 April, 0 670 80124 0 and 0 670 80125 9.