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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.