Church reader Rich is an Italy hit

Expert: Sheffield solicitor Richard Taylor, presenter of the BBC4 series Churches: How To Read Them
Expert: Sheffield solicitor Richard Taylor, presenter of the BBC4 series Churches: How To Read Them
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HE’S Sheffield’s very own ‘church reader’ and now Richard Taylor is set to show those master chapel-builders the Italians how it’s done.

The lawyer-by-trade-but-architect-expert-by-enthusiasm is already known here for writing best-selling book How to Read a Church, and presenting the BBC4 adaptation.

But now the 44-year-old of Ranmoor is set to speak at San Lorenzo International Literary Festival, where he will talk in the Church of Gamalero

“It’s dedicated to St Lawrence, who is said to have been grilled alive, so some of the images are quite gruesome,” winces Richard, a partner with city centre law firm DLA Piper. “But I love exploring new churches and it’s great to have this opportunity.”

And – no rest for the church-going it seems – when he gets back, he is due to start filming two new BBC programmes, Bells about bells and Pugin about..well, Pugin.