This revised and comprehensive guide is part of the Pevsner Architectural Guides series. Pevsner described Berkshire as “half home country, half West Country.” The book follows the county’s historic boundaries, including the large area transferred to Oxfordshire in the 1970s.
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The variety of architecture is broad and remarkable. Berkshire’s houses range from intriguing early timber-framed dwellings to Windsor Castle, England’s great fortress and royal palace. Gothic Revival, Georgian, Victorian and Arts-and-Crafts mansions complete the mix of styles. Medieval churches abound in the county.
In this guide each city, town or village is treated in a detailed gazetteer. There is a general introduction with a historical and artistic overview. A full index and illustrated glossary are included.
The book is a necessary reference work as well as an invaluable guide.
Geoffrey Tyack is a fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford and editor of Georgian Group Journal. Simon Bradley is editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-83) was one of the most learned 20th century writers on art and architecture.
The Buildings of England: Berkshire
Authors: Geoffrey Tyack, Simon Bradley and Nikolaus Pevsner
Price: $85.00 US
Pages: 800 with 120 colour illustrations; maps and plans.
Published: July 27, 2010
To order: Yale Books