If you watched the film 'Four Weddings and a funeral' you may recognise this church because it featured as the venue for the first wedding. St Michael's Church is a beautiful church in the small village of Betchworth, near Dorking at the foot of the North Downs close to the River Mole. It is situated very close to the last picture that I uploaded to TE where I showed the surrounding countryside. Betchworth was a settlement recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the church was mentioned.
In Four Weddings and a Funeral the church was depicted as being in the county of Somerset in the west of England but was in fact St. Michaels in Betchworth in the county of Surrey in the south of England.
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bukitgolfb301 (36516) 2012-06-09 2:08
Hi dear Ann, good morning, how are you?
Once again an impressive shot! And interesting note!
Great famework and best composed image indeed.
Fantastic / tasetful color touch with much day light and sharp / clear image as usual.
Thanks for your sharing with nice job and have a good weekend!
Takero, from rainy Tokyo
altay1364 (0) 2012-06-09 2:17
Yine guzel bir fotograf,mimari guzel ayrica ayrintilar ustaca ve iyi.begendim.tebrikler dostum
Sergiom (62096) 2012-06-09 3:38
J'aime beaucoup ce genre d'image. J'aime les cimetières, surtout lorsqu'ils sont vieux. Lire les dates et les noms, constater comment les gens mouraient jeunes à l'époque. Un très beau point de vue.
carlo62 (34572) 2012-06-09 4:13
non siamo abituati a vedere questo tipo di Chiese da noi, a me piacciono molto, sono suggestive.
Le osservo sempre quando seguo i telefilm di Barnaby.
Bella la nota.
Buon fine settimana
tyro (20782) 2012-06-09 5:01
What a beautiful church! And I can't recall having seen a church as small as this with a clerestory - I'm sure it can't be big enough to have galleries in its upper part? Or maybe it isn't that terribly small?
But you have caught the most delicious lighting which really "sculpts" or "models" the building beautifully and brings out all the lovely textures of the whitewashed stonework. Your composition is excellent, the tower being perfectly placed and the slightly higgledy-piggledy gravestones making a fine foreground.
Perfect exposure, lovely true colours and, as always, stunning sharpness.
P.S. Just a thought, but I was having a discussion here with Martin (MJR) last night and he directed me to this website which is run by an aquaintance of his, Steve Bulman, and he is keen to receive photographs of churches from all over Britain. To be honest, some of the pictures on that website are pretty uninspiring though Martin and his brother have uploaded quite a few very nice ones. And just looking through the website, I don't see any mention of this one despite its obvious fame from the film industry. Certainly worth a look and I've been thinking I might see if he wants any of my pictures too.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-06-09 5:15
lovely shot of this beautiful old church. Really like the composition with the gravestones like steping stones that lead to the main subject - the little church itself. Superb clarity and a bright and captivating light. Exquisite!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-06-09 6:38
Hello Dear Ann
Very nice shoot of this famous church.Great colors and contrasts.Very good POV and framework!I also like the unique atmosphere.Well done!
Have a nice weekend
MJR (3360) 2012-06-09 6:45
A perfect picture of this fine old church. Shame it was misused in the film, ( but that's business - see pork pies !! )
Neat and accurate, good proportions, colours perfect, all that we expect from you. And for me - a great subject...
You may care to excuse my prosyltising but I can't help but note that this church does not appear on a favourite website of mine which is endeavouring to record pictorially places of worship throughout the UK. You may wish to upload it to Steve ? You angel !
PS have just read others' critiques, after the event as it were, and note that John has passed on my idea already !
lousat (78503) 2012-06-09 8:49
Hi Ann,i know very well this movie and it's very nice to see one of the place where it was turnes.And your pic is really beautiful and interesting,what a choice of point of view and quality,i like it!!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
asajernigan (21330) 2012-06-09 9:17
This is a nicely composed shot of this famous church. The addition of the gravestones in the foreground add depth and interest to the scene. The angle of the shot works well allowing us to see more than just the front facade of the building. The overhanging trees frame the shot perfectly.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-06-09 11:21
a beautiful photo of this famous church, the composition is very attractive, the colours and lights are splendid, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
dkmurphys (50224) 2012-06-10 2:01
Very fine capture of the old church. Lovely sunny day, nice scene.
siudzi (34047) 2012-06-10 2:59
Excellent presentation of this 'famous' place. Absolutely great note submitted! Like the way you built up this composition from this well selected POV. Original and beautiful work. TFS.
csabagaba (6558) 2012-06-10 4:00
Hello Ann! Very pleasant little chapel and cemetery. I understand that the building appeared in the movie. True, I have not seen the movie. Good perspective and nice colors. This is the gray stone, can be very difficult to shoot. A bit confusing in the chapel behind the tower, but what do we do? The movie: I think it is in the foreground is part of a dinner guest :-) Beautiful Sunday. Csaba
bayno (18342) 2012-06-10 12:30
I have not seen the movie but the church is stupendus, beautiful framing with the cemetery in FG, wonderful colors and a perfect exposure with excellent depth...nice one...good evening...
williewhistler (14697) 2012-06-10 13:13
Hello Ann, the lovely light shows lots of interesting details on this fascinating church.
The trees make a nice frame in a really well composed photo.
Best regards Les.
Silvio1953 (124729) 2012-06-12 3:25
Ciao Ann, lovely composition with nice cemetery church, excellent perspective, great clarity, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dale54 (6655) 2012-06-14 1:56
ann hi,lovely looking church,great light,like the shade in the FG! tfs! dr
jaywalker (16101) 2012-06-16 12:01
Hi Ann, I love the peace offered by this shot & the fact about Four Weddings is very interesting, the light & soft & well managed & there is some great sharp quality, kind regards Wilson.
Ps, I am really looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend & I also hope the rain stays away, take care.
emka (80972) 2012-06-16 23:20
hi Ann, I wanted to comment earlier but i tried to see this church in Youtube and then forgot. I saw the film a few times and always like to look at Andie MAcDowell and Hugh grant so i see this shot with great pleasure. Nice old stone church with graveyard. superb composition.
Angshu (56066) 2012-07-04 21:18
Very nice church & well photographed in nice soft light. After I read your note, I kind of recalled this church depicted in the movie. The gravestones in the FG lead our eyes well towards the church. I like the framing you've done with the foliage & the branches at the top corners
Tigerlily (3107) 2012-07-05 3:00
Ah.. glad to know.. beautiful light and green grass...
Hanssie (10403) 2012-07-22 1:39
A beautiful church indeed and a cute one too:-))
Nice foreground added, great photo !
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (20137)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): All Saints Cemeteries UK Ireland [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-09 2:00