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4.0 out of 5 stars
A guide that tells you all you want to know and quite a bit more, 5 Nov 2010
This is a book for serious-minded people who already have some basic knowledge of and an interest in English history and architecture. If you don't fall into that category don't even think about buying it. The style is thus relatively demanding and even slightly eccentric. Its great merit is that it gives information about buildings you would never have thought existed. For example, until I bought the book I'd always regarded Ipswich as somewhere better by-passed than visited, a place of office blocks in the centre, housing estates on the edge and terraced streets just about everywhere else. However Pevsner reveals its hidden if low-key treasures and justifies a visit. The worst aspect of the book is that Pevsner knows what he likes and has a vaguely disparaging attitude to anything he doesn't.