“A church by the sea is constantly in conversation with it. When bells were first introduced to churches in the first 1,000 years of Christianity in Britain, in seaside parishes they were rung during storms, to ask God to calm the waters. Perhaps, they thought, people’s cries were hard to hear over howling winds, and bells are louder than prayers.”

— Charlotte Runcie, “Salt on Your Tongue” (via graveyarddirt)