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Guide to Suffolk Churches (Popular Guide) Paperback – 30 Apr 2009
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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, January 2012
About the Author
D.P. Mortlock is Librarian to the Earl of Leicester and 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. He is also the author of the Guide to Norfolk Churches, also published in one volume in 2007.
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It is fantastically detailed with excellent descriptions on any church you can think of. The research that had been done by the author is extremely impressive and there are a few black and white photos to accompany some of the churches. This is where my problem lies with this book though. For the price I would have expected several colour photos and there are none at all. I recently looked at the book ' The Buildings of Pembrokeshire' by Pevsner and it has many impressive colour photos that enhance the book. That book is also expensive but you do feel that it is worth the money.
I don't want to be too harsh because 'Suffolk Churches' is really a very good book with many hours of reading and the information is terrific. It is very expensive to say there are no colour illustrations though.
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