Deanery map: the West

In case you’re wondering where the churches are that make up the deaneries, well, I can help you with the Western deanery. Here’s an image I made when I became the dean in November, partly as a possible graphic element for a letterhead, but mostly as an exercise to help me learn the geography of the deanery. Even though I was brought up in Hyson Green parish, I’d been away from the area so long that I’d forgotten most of it.

Shows the geographical location of the churches in Nottingham West DeaneryIt’s about ten miles between Hucknall and Long Eaton.

For those who are interested in the technicalities, I first used Google maps to find the churches, placing a marker on each church. I then copied the resulting image and pasted it into gimp, creating a new layer on top where I added the dots and names. Then I deleted the bottom layer, pasted in a resized version of the Diocesan crest, and adjusted that newest layer’s transparency.

Would someone like to have a go at doing the same for the Eastern Deanery? Or, better still, a combined map for both deaneries?

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About Fr Martin Sylvester

Martin Sylvester is a Catholic priest serving Long Eaton parish as parish priest, and serving Nottingham West Deanery as dean and council of priests representative. He studied for the priesthood at Oscott College, and enjoys real ale and travel. He is a keen advocate of fair trade, and has been called an eco geek. Many years ago, when he served as a port chaplain and parish priest in Immingham, Fr Martin set up the first parish website in the UK and was once asked at a party, "Are you the computer priest?" He is one of very few people to have travelled on a Swiss bus that was both late and omitted part of its published route (he was going from Geneva to CERN after one of the worst snowstorms for years). He has two degrees from Leuven, and life memberships of English Heritage, the National Trust, CAMRA and the Scottish YHA. He often walks, or takes the bus or train, in preference to driving, but when he drives it's his ageing Honda Insight Mark I, which has given him 83mpg over the nine years he's owned it.
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