A Pevsner Architectural Guide
Lancashire’s variety of landscapes—from shoreline to forest to flatlands to the Pennines—has given rise to a variety of architectural styles. In Lancaster, the county town, there are some of the finest Georgian buildings in the north of England. Blackpool is, of course, noted for its seaside architecture. Rural highlights include the Jesuit school at Stonyhurst and the neo-gothic Scarisbrick Hall.
In this architectural guide there is a general introduction that provides both a historical and an artistic overview of architectural styles and types of buildings. Suggestions are made for further reading.
A detailed gazetteer lists every city, town, and village with information on the history and architecture of the buildings. Maps and plans, over 100 coloured photographs, full indexes, and an illustrated glossary make the book even more rewarding. As a reference work or a guide for the architectural student or sleuth it is invaluable.
This is also a helpful book to have when touring around villages such as Downham or Whalley or viewing churches, historic houses, and museums. The information is both scholarly and accessible to the visitor who just wants to know more about a particular building.
Author Clare Hartwell is an architectural historian with a special interest in the north-west of England where she has lived for more than 20 years. The late Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, founding editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides series, was one of the most learned and stimulating 20th century writers on art and architecture.
Yale University Press
Yale Books US
Yale Books London
Illustrations: 120 colour
Price: $50 US; £29.99 UK
Publication Date: May 5, 2009 in US; Feb 28, 2009 in UK
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