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Burford: Buildings and People in a Cotswold Town [Hardcover]

Antonia Catchpole , Robert Peberdy
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1 May 2008
Nestling in the Windrush Valley at the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds,' the small west Oxfordshire town of Burford is well known for its picturesque qualities. Its streets, set against the backdrop of a spectacular medieval church, display a rich variety of stone and timber-framed buildings, which together lend much of its charm. This book is about the creation of the town we see today: its buildings, its townscape and the people who, over the centuries, have lived in and helped shape it. Chronological chapters set Burford in context, looking at its creation by medieval planners, its role in the Cotswold wool trade, and its later history as a small market and (briefly) coaching town. Chapters on the buildings explore not only their construction and materials, but their changing uses over time, re-populating them with the people who built, used and lived in them. Grand houses, humble cottages and shops or workshops are all included, while two chapters are devoted to the church and the other religious buildings. A house-by-house gazetteer summarises the history of every building along the main street, which visitors can use to help explore the town. The book draws on extensive fieldwork and documentary research over several years, much of it carried out with the help of volunteers. Most of the buildings have never been studied in such depth, and several have been scientifically tree-ring dated for the first time. The book will allow visitors, residents and specialists alike to see the town with new eyes, casting fresh light on its origins and growth, on its built character, and on the lives of its inhabitants.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co. Ltd; 1st Edition edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860774881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860774881
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Local history at its best 12 Nov 2010
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A superb book, the authors should be proud of themselves they have achieved a truly scholarly book , indeed they have produced a working document that can be used by the local authority, indeed all planners and conservation officers would benefit from this book and the application of the techniques employed. The authors have produced not only a local history book, but a conservation area appraisal of Burford itself.

This book should be required reading for all conservation and archaeological students and professionals, as well as any one interested in local history/archaeology etc.

And the publishers deserve congratulations too, for the superb design and production of the book, it really is a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burford perfectly described 17 May 2014
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This guide is a well written and enjoyable read, and Bill Bryson agrees in his introduction. It covers the history and architecture of this beautiful and complex small Cotswold town succinctly and with great scholarship. Far more than just a guide but a perfect accompaniment to a visit, ideally digested beforehand.
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