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Lost Victorian Britain: How the Twentieth Century Destroyed the Nineteenth Century's Architectural Masterpieces Hardcover – Illustrated, 21 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (21 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135324
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Gavin Stamp, one of our most distinguished architectural historians, has done a depressing but important public service in cataloguing this odious chapter of destruction.’

(The Telegraph)

‘Gavin Stamp's Lost Victorian Britain contains many pictures of the fine architecture that a postwar generation delighted in destroying. In a brilliant essay, Stamp blames aesthetic snobbery and a frenzy of self-hatred.'

(Ian Jack The Guardian)

‘This is an important book. ...It is well written, full of passion and illustrations of all the lost buildings.’ 

(Books Choice, Oxford Times)

‘This look at the Victorian buildings destroyed in the 20th century makes for heartbreaking reading’ 

(The Sunday Times)

‘...a poignant, well informed book that depressed and delights in equal measure.’

(Manchester Evening News)

‘A photographic account of the Victorian buildings demolished in 20th-century reforms makes for moving reading’

(Simon Jenkins Culture, The Sunday Times)

‘...a powerful and compelling indictment of the destruction of numerous magnificent Victorian buildings’

(Marcus Binney The Times)

`an excellent book' 

(Literary Review)

  • ‘A forceful and passionate reclamation of an era so long regarded as unfashionable.'

(Sunday Herald)

About the Author

GAVIN STAMP’s other books for Aurum are Britain’s Lost Cities and Edwin Lutyens Country Houses. He lives in London.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 4 Jan. 2011
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This is a most valuable look at some of the buildings we lost through neglect, wilful architectural snobbery and modernist ideas, and sadly also wartime damage. The text is angry but informative, the pictures exceedingly well chosen. Strongly recommended to anyone with an interest in our lost heritage.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tigger on 11 Feb. 2012
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This is a beautiful book with great photographs of Victorian buildings, demolished in the name of progress. The buildings are from all over the country. I particularly liked the station buildings such as the ticket hall etc at Euston or St Enoch's in Glasgow. I can recommend this book without reservation.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Pashley on 11 Feb. 2011
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This book was a present for my husband, who has huge admiration for the achievements of Victorian England. He was simply entranced by the quality of the writing and the pictures, but then was saddened by the realisation of what the modern-day vandalism of planning departments had destroyed, merely because it was old.
We are both convinced that anyone with an eye for splendour will thoroughly enjoy this magnificent book and we have no hesitation in awarding five points!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By SEANSIRRS on 14 Jan. 2011
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Fantastic book, crammed with information about the lost Victorian Architecture of our country. Amazing photo's. This is a real must for anyone interested in the Victorian Age, or the Gothic Revival.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By San Franciscan on 10 Oct. 2012
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This is a fine book, well worth owning for anyone involved in historic and civic preservation.

However, this book could be twice the thickness, with many more sites and photographs. Even so, this catalog of sickening and largely unnecessary losses is stuffed with beautiful photographs and information. Again, a very worthwhile book.
Greg Hubbard
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Cambs on 15 July 2012
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This book makes great value: I got it at £10.71 (delivered) in hardback - worth every penny! It's about A4 size and about half an inch thick; it contains lots of fascinating images of lost Victorian buildings - images date from the Victorian period, right through to fairly recent times. London is the most featured location, but there are examples from all over England and Scotland. There is also quite a lot of narrative provided, which makes for interesting reading. Overall, great value for money, especially if you get it for under £15.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Field on 15 July 2013
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Having grown up in the forties and fifties, I can see how people then were not upset when these buildings were destroyed.Most were black from smoke, run-down from lack of maintenance, and gloomy. For many, it was hard to see how a new use could be found that didn't involve unacceptable inefficiency.
However, many were replaced by buildings and entire neighborhoods that, in retrospect, were of no architectural or other merit at all. The architectural features of the lost buildings were lost forever, and this book is a sad but splendid reminder of some of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john dancer on 26 Dec. 2013
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Thoroughly researched and historically accurate, this account describes the demise of outstanding Victorian buildings resulting from a mistaken philosophy of architectural progress.
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