"...a seminal work, and local historians and academics will long be immensely indebted...for (Bettley's)painstaking research and lucid presentation."
-- Trans. of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, No. 58 (2007)
"If you own a copy of the 1954 Essex volume, keep it, for it is Pevsner at his best -- but to know the county as it stands today go out and buy this latest edition: it simply cannot be beaten." -- Cornerstone, Autumn 2007
'...to read a Pevsner guide is to discover familiar places in a
newly informed light, human history in all its beauty and confusion.' -- The Guardian, July 23, 2007
'James Bettley, editor for the revised Essex volume of the Buildings of England, is the right man to give proper weight to Victorian building activities in the county.' -- The Victorian, November 2007
'We should be grateful to Dr Bettley and Yale for continuing and expanding Pevsner's outstanding legacy.'
-- Andrew Derrick, Ecclesiology Today, Vol 39, Dec 2007
A book of this quality -- which does not merely confirm the
standards of the series, but sets new ones -- should make people rediscover
Essex. -- Literary Review, June 2007
Essex is an ancient and important county, which deserves to be
better understood, and there can be no better place to start than Dr.
Bettley's new Essex volume, another monument to the glorious Pevsner
tradition. -- Country Life, June 14, 2007
About the Author
James Bettley is an architectural historian living in Essex.