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on 2 June 2007
In this companion to his masterly up-date on Norwich and North-East Norfolk, Bill Wilson does not disappoint. Like its sister volume, the sheer comprehensiveness, accuracy and depth of the work leave one almost breathless. This aside, the eloquent and consise writing, interwoven with the occasional and beautifully crafted rye comment are what makes the book so readable, The introduction alone makes it an essential purchase for those with a love of the county, its buildings and just damn good writing. It will remain both my bedside read and my essential guide to Norfolk for many years to come.
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on 28 November 2014
The only thing that all the Pevsner series lack is whether or not the places are normally open to the public. I'm interested in churches and these books are bibles in that field of course. Fascinating reading.
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on 11 February 2014
A reminder that this is about the architecture of buildings and not their history. But it's essential to have one.
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on 8 June 2009
I also attended lectures by Prof. Pevsner at London University in the 1960s. His Guides are lucid and so worded that the amateur can easily understand his descriptions of architectural aspects of buildings.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 July 2012
Pevsner's guides are one of the monuments of publishing. They aim to describe every building of interest in the given area. In order to do this, Pevsner resorts to a sort of shorthand which makes his books difficult to follow and the text intimidatingly dense. The information is in there, but not in a very accessible form.

This, however, is not my only issue with Pevsner. If that were all, one would forgive him because he has to get a great deal of information into a relatively small space. However the author does something with buildings which I don't like. He dissects them into architectural motifs and components, and in the process loses sight of the whole - and of the whole core of architecture; space, light and proportion. I have also found through experience that he often dismisses as unworthy of note - or even indulges himself in a rather unnecessary sneer - at aspects of vernacular and traditional buildings which we, today, consider to be a huge part of their charm.

Churches are Pevsner's great obsession, yet he he often overlooks or ignores those small details of medieval craftsmanship which are, for most of us, the most interesting feature. Do not rely on him to lead you to interesting painted screens or heartwarming woodcarving. He likes stone tracery, florid monuments and stuff like that. For the churches of Norfolk, a good selection are described in quite a different and, to me, far more desirable manner, by David Stanford in Norfolk Churches
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