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Lost Houses of Wales Paperback – Sep 1986


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Save Britain's Heritage; First Edition edition (Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0905978226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0905978222
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,461,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Buckley VINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
This important book is more than simply a valuable reference work, it contains a message that shocks, and almost every one of the 356 buildings depicted either no longer exists, or is in a severely ruinous state. According to a brief survey, the situation has only improved for approximately twenty of the smaller properties since. In addition, there are more buildings of value in Wales not included in Thomas Lloyd's survey. Compare this, for example, with France, Germany, or other countries, or even England, where such buildings are given much greater consideration for their historical or aesthetic value, and of course tourist potential. There is no denying even buildings have to earn their way.
There is also no denying a similar tale may be told of other places. It does seem though, that Wales has lost a greater proportion of notable houses, and the situation has not been recognized until recently. Compare the numbers and quality of properties in the care of the National Trust in England and Scotland with Wales. Organisations such as SAVE Britain's Heritage would concur. In publishing `The Lost Houses of Wales' their aim was three-fold. Create a permanent record of what has been lost, demonstrate that Wales has (or had) an architectural heritage of greater merit than previously realised, and to encourage a greater awareness of the need to conserve what is left.Thomas Lloyd himself describes it as an appalling catalogue of destruction.
A personal note: since it is near impossible to obtain this book, and indeed benefit from the picture twenty-five years later, a new edition would be very welcome, not to say profitable.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul White on 28 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
I have known and owned this book for many years. Inspired by the photographs therein I decided to set out photographing Welsh ruined mansions myself. Each page has wonderful photographs of either derelict or demolished houses, some large, others in comparison, are tiny. One can not help but be moved by the simple historical notes, which time and time again, read: 'demolished' or 'dismantled' or 'little remains'.
If interested please view some of the houses in their present state in my gallery pages at paulwhitephotographic.
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