Keyholder For anyone such as myself,who loves history , architecture and visiting historical buildings, including churches, both ancient and more modern, remote and urban, this app is invaluable. There's nothing worse than visiting a church to find it locked, this app gives you a good indication of accessibility plus comments and photos from other visitors. Well worth the £14 annual subscription. The one thing that I would add to the comments screen is to rate the guide book/leaflet, or even if there is one.
When Play is full of apps with promising concepts but poorly-developed (some from high-profile organisations) this one is a joy. For anyone exploring England's churches, it can be frustrating to lack the local knowledge of what's open, what's locked but accessible, and what you've barely got a chance of getting into outside of Sunday morning. This app uses the author's extremely impressive church-visiting experience along with crowd-sourcing strategies to build a database of CoE churches and their opening policies. The app runs very smoothly, easy to see the local variations in locking policies at a glance: well-designed searches and visual interface. It's also helpful to actually have the location of every church so accessible: if you've ever driven into a village and can't find the church you will understand! Of course it's not perfect yet. There are noticeable gaps in the opening data (but not the churches themselves) for certain areas, the south-west and parts of Yorkshire for instance. But all it needs is a few more users to help out. Currently the subscription works out a bit over a pound a month: much less than the petrol you waste driving to locked churches!
Essential... ...for anyone who's serious about visiting England's churches.
Interesting concept Unfortunately, unless I happen to be in Northamptonshire, I can't see any data without paying a monthly subscription.
Great for fieldwork And the links to other sites Like crsbi are terrific
Plenty of info Demo version gives all the info about which churches are open, and there's plenty already there. But you need the paid version to add new info. It starts at your last location, then GPS finds you and zooms the map there. Anglican churches only.
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