Reverend Andrew Yates vicar of 13th century St Michael Penkivel threatens to sue Photographer Andy Craddock for the erotic photos taken in St Michael Penkivel. St Michael Penkivel is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, in the United Kingdom. It is in the valley of the River Fal, and is around 3 miles (4 km) from Truro.The village was used as the main location for the 2005 Feature Film Keeping Mum which starred Rowan Atkinson, Patrick Swayze, Kristin Scott Thomas and Dame Maggie Smith. Rev Yates' solicitors draughted a letter to Mr Craddock where they describe his work as a "contemptuous, reviling, scurrilous or ludicrous matter relating to God, Jesus Christ, the Bible or the formularies of the Church of England".
Photographer Andy Craddock, his girlfriend and a couple of models used the vicar's church in Cornwall as the backdrop for an erotic photoshoot. The Diocese of Truro are seeking legal action against Craddock for allegedly trespassing at the St Michael Penkivel Church in Cornwall and taking photographs without permission. But on top of the allegations of trespass the Reverend Andrew Yates has made a point of accusing Mr Craddock of blasphemy for taking photographs of semi clad women inside the church and also draped across tombstones.
Mr Craddock, who moved to Cornwall from London in 2008, said he used the 13th Century church for the shoot because he had seen it in the comedy movie Keeping Mum.
He said he admired the architecture and wanted the pictures to add to his portfolio of fetishist and erotic photography.
He told BBC News: "I can understand why some people would find them offensive and inappropriate.
"But the general feedback has been very positive.
"I never wanted to offend. This is done as art and shows the beauty of women."
Mr Craddock, a father of one from St Austell, Cornwall, said: 'I'm not some Satanist, I do have religious beliefs. I'm not out to really offend people. My response is that it's all perfectly natural.
'If God does exist, and there is life after death, is someone really going to mind if one of my models is lying on their grave?
'I would have thought they might be glad of the company. I haven't been struck down by lightening yet so obviously God doesn't mind.'
The series of fetishistic photos includes: a half-naked girl in suspenders on a private grave; a blonde in the pulpit in a tutu; a half-naked blonde cavorting in the font; two half-naked girls posing between the candles of the altar; and a blonde girl exposing her underwear while reading a Bible by a church window.
The solicitor's letter describes blasphemy as the 'publication of contemptuous, reviling, scurrilous or ludicrous matter relating to God, Jesus Christ, the Bible or the formularies of the Church of England'.
'Our clients believe that a number of these photographs constitute blasphemous material,' it adds.
Jeremy Dowling, a spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, which is supporting the legal action, said the church was used without permission.
"The Church deplores the use of sacred space in this way," he said.
"Whether he's gone in there legally or illegally he is using the setting for an entirely improper purpose.
"By anyone's reasonable standards of decency this is beyond the pale."
A spokesman for the Dioces of Truro told the Daily Mail that, "The Church deplores the use of sacred space in this way. The pictures would be deeply offensive to people who view the place for regular worship. That's not what these buildings are intended for and he is deliberately taking advantage of the situation."