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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: The Lutterworth Press; 2 Ill Rev edition (25 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718830644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718830649
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If there is one thing better than wandering around medieval churches on your own, it is doing so with a companion who is affable, knowledgeable, and interesting ... [Mortlock] has the engaging manner of a detective, piecing together the story of the building from the available evidence, describing the historical development and idiosyncratic features ... the beauty of this book is that it is written by an enthusiast. While there is no doubt about Mortlock's expertise, he is never formulaic; alongside the naming of furnishings and architectural features, his eloquent prose finds room for ... details which he happens to find interesting. Coming to a known church with Mortlock is like seeing it for the first time ... the articles are accurate ... Most importantly of all, Mortlock has an Anglican sensibility. He knows the true emotional value of the buildings he describes. There are few inaccuracies or omissions ... Mortlock's Guide to Suffolk Churches remains the only complete and reliable guide to the churches of Suffolk in print. Even when Pevsner's revising editor has completed his work, this book will remain the definitive text on the subject for years to come. --Simon Knott, in Ecclesiology Today, Vol 44

Mortlock writes colourful descriptions of the marvels to be found in some of the richest medieval churches in the country. --The Sign

About the Author

D.P. Mortlock was former County Librarian of Norfolk. He is a Fellow of the Library Association and served as an officer in the Indian Army from 1945-7. In partnership with C.V. Roberts, he produced the three-volume Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches. C.V. Roberts was the literary editor and drama critic of the Eastern Daily Press. He also lived and worked in the Middle East for two and a half years.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Inevitably specialist publications like this are going to be a little expensive and at over £20 this one certainly is, particularly with the paucity of pictures and in black & white too. However, this should not put anyone off interested in the subject as there is arguably no finer book on the subject available and it can be considered as currently the definitive text.

The addition of architectural time lines, a glossary of architectural terms (highlighted in the text) along with a guide to saints and there significance, makes it particularly useful for someone new to the subject. Inevitably space is limited because of the sheer numbers of churches that Norfolk enjoys, never the less I for one would be happy to see an expansion on what is here and would particularly enjoy a chapter that would act as both a primer on church architectural history as well as the historical, social and political context it occurred in. If not included in a single volume then acting as an accompanying text would suffice.

The inclusion of the glossary is such an important component of the book that this is another area of the book I would argue for expanding too. In all then one to highly recommend.

Ashley Carr
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Sadler on 9 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an updated one volume version of Mr Mortlock's original 3 volume guide, which makes it a more convenient companion for visiting churches. I have found it useful (my main interest has been rood screens and wall paintings) but perhaps a more thorough revision of the contents would have been advisable. That aside, it makes a good companion to Pevsner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Higgs Boson on 21 Feb. 2014
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There were originally three books covering Norfolk. Two were easy to get but the third was almost unobtainable - which means expensive in the s/h bookshops.

This new edition is cheaper than the third old one, is updated and revised.

If you are interested in Norfolk churches this volume is a MUST.

HB
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