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South and West Somerset (The Buildings of England) (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England) [Hardcover]

Nikolaus Pevsner
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2002 Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
The rural southern part of Somerset is particularly rich in church architecture, from the poetic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to the plain geometry of Lutyens's chapel at Brushford. Somerset's elaborate pinnacled church towers are discussed in detail; the examples at Evercreech, Huish Episcopi, Taunton and elsewhere are among the county's most thrilling and distinctive architectural landmarks. Church interiors range from the unexpected delight of the traceried roof at Western Zoyland to the delicate seventeenth-century ceiling at East Brent. Elizabethan architecture appears at its most successful at Montacute while Dunster Castle boasts splendid interior decoration for the later seventeenth century. The eighteenth- and nineteenth-century civic buildings of Martock, Milborne Port, Glastonbury and Chard are notable highlights on a more modest scale.

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  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300096445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300096446
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The greatest endeavour of popular architectural scholarship in the world." -- Jonathan Meades, The Observer, 25th November 2001.

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By Tim Edmonds VINE VOICE
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Pevsner is Pevsner, and this book is an indispensable guide to much of the architectural heritage of the western part of Somerset. I have a copy of the first edition, published in 1958, which I inherited from my father. A move to west Somerset in 2013 prompted me to splash out on this, the current edition, since the series is marketed as being updated in line with changes that have taken place. Imagine my shock on receiving the book to discover that the contents is identical to my 1958 edition - all that has changed is the cover and binding. Much has changed in the area since that time and it does the publishers no credit that this volume is so out of date. So, if you do not already own this book and are happy to have developments of the last 55 years ignored, then purchase it - it is still a classy publication. Unfortunately I had to return mine and will stick with my trusty 1958 Pelican version.
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