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  • Hardcover: 820 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st ed thus edition (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300116144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300116144
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 12.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Bettley's earliest memory of Suffolk is of winning five races at the Southwold Model Yacht Regatta in about 1970, and he has been visiting the county with increasing frequency ever since. In 2012 he was elected a member of the council of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. His revision of the Pevsner Architectural Guide to Essex, the county in which he lives, was published in 2007. Before joining the Pevsner Architectural Guides he worked for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Design Museum, and the Royal Institute of British Architects, and he gained a Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1999 for his thesis on 'The Reverend Ernest Geldart (1848-1929) and late nineteenth-century church decoration'. He is Librarian of Chevening House, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and a member of the Church Buildings Council. He has published extensively in a wide range of professional and other magazines, including 'Country Life'.

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"...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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mg1900 on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is outstanding even by the high standards of the Pevsner series.

The format is now familiar - thumbnail sketches of the architecture of all the interesting buildings in the county, old and new, famous and obscure, public buildings and private houses. Thoughtful, erudite, and readable introductory essays. Comprehensive indexes.

But whereas Pevsner sailed through every English county for his original series, and knew some better than others, this Essex volume has been edited by a person no less observant and scholarly, but whose deep knowledge and love of Essex buildings of every stripe shines through every page. He also puts in more history than most Pevsners.

He has packed in more material than ever before and has an overview which slots everything satisfyingly into place. He is never sentimental, but always kind. The colour plates are good, too.

This really is an inspiration. It will make you see Essex with new eyes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Todd on 3 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best of the 20-odd Pevsners that I have. The introductory essays are particularly good and the individual entries have been updated well with good sketch maps and photos. The book reminds you how interesting Essex is away from the sprawl of London and the Thames estuary. This is a must-have for anyone visiting Essex with an interest in architecture and townscape.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 July 2010
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I bought this book because I have always been a fan of the Pevsner Guides and was delighted at Mr Bettley's innovative up-date. We lived in Essex for many years and his introduction of 'Perambulations' for many of our favourite places has brought back happy memories of our explorations. It enables you to plan how best to explore your chosen venue and ensures that you do not miss any details as you perambulate. Well done Mr Bettley and we look forward to further volumes in the series from you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thomas on 27 Aug. 2012
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This is a comprehensive up dating of the 2nd Pevsner edition. It is an invaluable guide to the buildings of the county whose author is not afraid to express opinion and values. No-one who is interested in Essex, its landscape and built environment can be without it.
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