THE BIG WHITE CHURCH ON THE COMMON

Black & White Sunday: Religious Building

UU Church 42

I live in the land of white clapboard (pronounced “clabbered”) churches. They have become, along with stone fences, a symbol of New England.

BW Steeple

Every town and village has several, usually surrounding the town’s Common, an open area originally used as a communal field for grazing sheep. Today, Commons are parks in the middle of town. In small towns, the Common is typically the only park. Our local common is stuffed full of commemorative statuary. There’s barely room remaining for people.

Hadley tiny church BW december

We also have a modest selection of stone churches, but the white wood churches are more celebrated and a favorite of every photograher.

UU Church Uxbridge

Two of these pictures are black and white without conversion. It’s the way they look up close and in person.

UU Church 34

Happy Easter, Happy Passover and a good Sunday to all.

 



Categories: Architecture, Black & White, Challenges, New England, Photography

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27 replies

  1. I love the architecture of those churches.

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  2. Looks like a beautiful place you live in. πŸ™‚ Glancing at your comments as I skimmed down, I hope you’ve managed to find a little relax time this Easter. And I love the Han Solo reference in your sidebar! It made me smile πŸ™‚

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  3. Beautiful architecture and photos, but why is clapboard pronounced β€œclabbered”?

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    • We pronounce things oddly in this region. When I first got here, I soon learned to ask before I speaking, because there are no end of oddities. It makes it easy to spot newcomers!

      Quincy = Quin-zee — Reading = Redding — Scituate = Sit-you-et — Waltham = Wall-THAM. And that’s the tip of the ice berg so to speak. I have no idea why. It just IS. It’s quaint, but rather confusing.

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  4. Great photos. Did you know that there is a steeple style called the New England style. I know because our Mormon church here in Hastings is topped with one. It has no use, other than being decorative. Happy Passover and Easter to you both.

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  5. I like these pictures. Happy Easter to you πŸ™‚

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  6. Happy Easter and Happy Passover to you folks.

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  7. Fascinating, and very quaint. I like your sharp, detailed captures. Very nice!

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  8. Happy Easter to you as well ! Good to be back to see lovely pics and to read amazing posts.

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  9. Beautiful. Happy Easter.

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  10. Happy holidays to you. The photos didn’t show on my ipad, but they showed OK on the computer.

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