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The Buildings of England: Yorkshire:York And the East Riding Hardcover – 4 May 1995
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This volume sheds light on the pride of the region - the great medieval churches of York Minster, the Minster and St Mary at Beverley, and Holy Trinity, Hull but also on less well known architectural pleasures of town and county. Outstanding Victorian village churches, including masterpieces by Street & Pearson, are as rewarding as the major country houses of Burton Agnes, Burton Constable and Sledmere. The countryside offers a wide range of monuments, from the beautifully sited ruins of Kirkham Priory to the spectacular Humber Bridge. Farmhouses and cottages of the Wolds, picturesque estate villages and chapels, and industrial structures are all brought into focus. A large section is devoted to York and includes a survey of the historic buildings of the city centre from the Roman period onwards. This is complemented by a detailed exploration of York's eighteenth and nineteenth-century suburbs. Equal care has been applied to the descriptions of Beverley, with its attractive townscape, and the port of Hull, where unexpected highlights include seventeenth-century merchant houses, Georgian almshouses, ornate Victorian pubs and grand Edwardian public buildings.
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When I started reading this series, I was interested in medieval English architecture, but had only a little superficial knowledge of the topic. It was hard reading at first, with constant references to the very useful glossary in the back of the book, and I made frequent use of Google image searching to help me visualize (since I live nowhere near the U.K.). But through this process I have learned much of what I know about English medieval architecture. I owe a lot to Pevsner.
This particular volume makes for especially interesting reading because of the architectural interest of the area covered: York itself, with its great Minster, castle, medieval walls (with Roman sections), St. Mary's Abbey, and many other medieval buildings; and the East Riding with its medieval architectural giants: the Minster and St. Mary's in Beverley, Hull Minster, Howden Minster, Patrington parish church. These buildings are all personal favorites of mine, though I've never had a chance to visit any of them. Then there are surprises such as the parish church of Skirlaugh, a perfect little Perpendicular church I'd never heard of. The only substantial castle remains in the area are Clifford's Tower in York, and the ruins of Wressle Castle (circa 1380 and quite impressive: one range of a quadrangular castle that would have been very similar to Bolton).