Born in Essex (the original “Essex Man”), he spent his formative years in Hertfordshire and then moved to Suffolk at the age of 10. A teacher for most of his working life and for 18 years Head of RE at Copleston High School, Ipswich. Then spent 11 years as South East Regional Field Officer with the Churches Conservation Trust, before taking early retirement in 2002. He has been a Licensed Reader in the Anglican Church since 1970, also a Lay Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
A crusading church-crawler since the age of four, he spends his time sharing his passion for these amazing buildings, praising and promoting them from the pulpit, projector and coach seat. He gives countless lectures and slide shows, has written over 200 church guidebooks and some published works, and has broadcast on radio and TV. He firmly believes that the love of churches is absorbing and infectious for people of all religions and of none , and also that every old church is the most interesting in the country, because it is an unique character, well worth getting to know and love.