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Wiltshire (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1971
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"The greatest endeavour of popular architectural scholarship in the world." -- Jonathan Meades, The Observer, 25th November 2001.
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31 July 2017
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A comprehensive description of a wonderful counties extraordinary architecture, it is invaluable to all with a love of architecture. it includes the historic and prehistoric , from Avebury etc. to the great churches and houses of this architecturally rich county. Amateurs will appreciate the glossary of architectural and antiquarian terms, which allows all to enjoy their visits to the full. No other volume will do.
1 September 2016
Nikolaus Pevsner loved the architecture of Britain as much as he did the countryside surrounding it. The character of the Wiltshire landscape, he explains, can only be understood in terms of geology, or rather building materials. The best English stone, he reminds us touches Wiltshire which gives the county an abundance of building materials (limestone from Corsham and Bradford-on-Avon, building stone from the Portland and Purbeck beds round Tisbury, the stone from Chilmark used to build Salisbury Cathedral, chalk cottages, the use of flint, and the use of brick prevalent around Swindon). "With so many building materials so close together, combinations were thought out which are visually specially pleasurable" he praises. He also notes that the county seems larger than it actually is - an "illusion of distances […] due to the solitude of the downs, but also to so many changes from character to character and from landscape to landscape." Pevnser's most characteristic feature of Wiltshire is the regular pattern of countryside and villages. He calls this "the alternation between the villages and the downs." "Wiltshire is not an industrial county […] Swindon is the only industrial town", he writes. "Wiltshire is a county of small towns; that is architecturally more characteristic of it than anything else."
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