Martin Coppen is a retired Church of England priest who lives in Andover, England. He was parish priest of four country parishes nearby for over twenty years. His interest in local history, particularly of the churches and church people, was kindled through stories which older parishioners told of the clergy they remembered, and the display lists of past vicars in church. Through writing a series of guide books for his churches, his interest in architecture and church building grew. He asked himself, how did this church which I am praying in come to be like this? What was it like for those who have prayed here for the past thousand years?