THE BIG WHITE CHURCH ON THE COMMON

Black & White Sunday: Religious Building

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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.

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

 

27 thoughts on “THE BIG WHITE CHURCH ON THE COMMON

  1. 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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    • 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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  2. 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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    • I don’t think the steeples had any purpose but as a place to put the cross so it could be seen from a distance … and to house a bell, if the church has one. Our church has a clock, no bell.

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