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AN innovative project capturing the remarkable views from church towers and celebrating the surrounding landscape has been completed.

The “View from the Tower” project features churches all along the length of the Stour Valley and took a year to finish.

In total, 35 churches, including St Peter and St Paul in Clare, St Gregory’s and All Saints’ in Sudbury, and Holy Trinity in Long Melford, have had 360-degree panoramic photographs taken from their towers.

The project was carried out by specialist photographic company Pan 3Sixty as part of the Lottery-funded Managing a Masterpiece scheme.

It looks to understand, conserve and celebrate the landscape of the Stour Valley by focusing on projects covering archaeology, biodiversity and the historic features of the area.

Pan 3Sixty photographer Philip Giles said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on and it was a privilege to see so many great views of the landscape along the Stour Valley.

“It is not very often you get to go up so many church towers and it was very special.”

Mr Giles, who runs the company with his wife, Helen, said the only downside to the project was reaching the towers, often having to clamber over bell cages and up rickety ladders.

“It was challenging at times, especially with my camera equipment and tripod slung across my back,” he said.

“But precarious as some of the climbs were, the views from the top of the church towers were always a great reward for the effort.”

The View from the Tower pictures can be seen by visiting the website www.pan3sixty.co.uk and following the links. An interactive map allows you to select any of the 35 churches to see a view from.

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