St Werburgh's Roman Catholic Parish, Chester

Contributing photographs to this website

We would be delighted to receive photographs from parishioners showing the Church, its clergy, people and institutions, both as a historical record of the Parish and as a continuing witness to the life of this community.

Please send your photographs to the web team (, or leave them with the Parish Priest. Each photograph should have an informative caption, a note of the year in which it was taken (if known), and the identity of the contributor. Please note that, in trying to maintain a balanced approach over many topics and periods of time, and to keep the overall size of the collection within reasonable limits, we cannot guarantee to post all the photographs that are submitted.

Technical specifications - digital photographs

Modern digital cameras take very high-resolution photographs, that are stored as very large files. On our website, we store the originals, but actually display scaled-down versions so that they will load quickly. We are happy to take the originals, because as bandwidth generally increases in the future, we might republish the photographs with ever higher resolution and clarity. Nevertheless, we suggest that you reduce the size of your submitted original where you are able to do this. In most cases (except, perhaps, for a large group photograph where you wish to retain maximum detail) an image size between 4000x3000 pixels and 1600x1200 pixels will be satisfactory. Files should be supplied in JPEG format, if possible (although the web team will try to help with other formats if you are not able to supply JPEGs). If you have access to digital photograph editing software, you may be able to increase the JPEG compression factor to reduce the file size further. This may result in some loss of detail, but unless you have a particularly detailed image, this is unlikely to have much effect on the result displayed on the website.

Technical specifications - scanned photographs

If you have access to a digital scanner, you should scan hard-copy photographs so that the result falls within  the range of image and file sizes described above for digital photographs. Depending on the size of the photograph and the quality of the scanner, a scanning resolution between 200 dpi and 600 dpi will normally be adequate. High-resolution scanning of original photographs emphasises the photographic grain and does not necessarily lead to images of the quality that you might expect; but, again, the final picture displayed on the website will usually be acceptable.