- Hardcover: 830 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300096046
- ISBN-13: 978-0300096040
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 12.7 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds: Cotswolds Pt. 1 (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1999
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"The inheritors of Pevsner have exceeded his achievement with no compromises. This is a great feat of publishing in the best traditions of architectural history."
(Colin Amery, Times Literary Supplement) -- Jonathan Meades, The Observer, 25th November 2001.
About the Author
Alan Brooks was born in Middlesex and educated at the University of London. A resident of Gloucestershire, he has a lifelong interest in architectural history, particularly of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, with a special expertise in stained glass. He also serves on the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee, which oversees the fittings and fabrics of local churches. He is currently at work on a revised edition of the companion volume, Gloucestershire 2: The Vale and Forest of Dean.
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In his foreword, Brooks notes that Pevsner only had “limited involvement” in Verey’s original two volumes. Now, “Extensive original research has enabled me greatly to increase the scope of the book, much extending the range of buildings described, and including significant recent additions and alterations. As a result the volume has been considerably expanded in size, and the text thoroughly revised and often rewritten.” Paying tribute to David Verey, Brooks nevertheless points out that his text still forms the basis of the new edition.
In the new one-hundred-plus-page introduction Brooks provides in his extensive surveys a detailed overview of Cotswolds architecture. For example, we learn of the prevalence of thirteenth-century stone bellcotes on the region’s churches, but that the later Decorated style “is little represented”. Of secular architecture, he notes “There are very few castles on the Cotswolds” and that “Medieval town building is just as elusive as its rural counterpart.” There are medieval barns and a few houses here and there but no bridges survive.Read more ›