St Peter's, Cardross
Birth, Death and Renewal
The striking concrete structure of St Peter’s College has stood on a hill above the Scottish village of Cardross since the mid 1960s, but after the closure of the seminary in 1980 the building was abandoned to decay and vandalism. This book traces the evolution of the College’s innovative Modernist design and celebrates its recent rebirth as a cultural space. A section of colour photographs documents both the site’s dilapidation and the 2016 Hinterland event at which it was officially reopened.
Oxfordshire's Best Churches
This guide explores the origins, history and building materials of Oxfordshire’s parish churches. The authoritative introduction examines the ways in which the buildings have developed over the last thousand years, and the gazetteer features 116 of the finest medieval and post-medieval examples in the county. Illustrated with over 300 colour photographs and floor plans, the survey provides descriptions of significant architectural features, sculpture and stained glass, and identifies often-overlooked details unique to each site.
An Illustrated History of Thatching and Thatched Buildings in Devon
Thatched roofs are perhaps associated more with the county of Devon than any other part of the country, the 'combed wheat reed' style of straw thatching being the traditional method of the region. Using many archive photographs as well as images of thatchers at work, this book traces the history of thatching in Devon from the earliest times, celebrating the skills and traditions of the craft and exploring some of the most interesting thatched buildings in the county today.
Wiltshire Town Houses
From Salisbury to market towns such as Devizes, Wiltshire’s urban buildings express a distinctive local vernacular. Drawing on county archives and illustrated with photographs, maps and plans, this study explains the pattern of development before examining the town houses of the gentry, workers’ and artisans’ dwellings, shop fronts and pubs, detailing period styles, building materials, and external and interior features.
Great Houses of The National Trust
This alphabetical guide features some of the National Trust’s most notable buildings, concentrating on the great houses of the 17th and 18th centuries but spanning almost a thousand years, from the Norman ruins of Corfe Castle to Coleton Fishacre, built in the 1920s. Each entry comprises an overview of the building’s history, setting and architecture and is illustrated with full-colour photographs showing interior and exterior views. Off-mint.
Discovering Churches and Churchyards
A Guide to the Architecture of English Parish Churches from Anglo-Saxon Times to 1900
Mark Child provides a concise, illustrated history of English ecclesiastical architecture from the earliest stone buildings of the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the Victorian era. Off-mint.
From medieval ‘hospitals’, attached to monasteries and offering shelter to lepers, pilgrims or the old and poor, to a modern almshouse opened in 2003, this survey illustrates the various types of charitable housing for the elderly in need in Britain; examines the buildings’ often picturesque architectural styles; and discusses the donors, beneficiaries and life within almshouses. The book ends with a gazetteer of interesting examples to visit.
Parish Church Treasures
The Nation's Greatest Art Collection
John Goodall traces a history of the British parish church and its cultural riches through 178 works of art and architecture, from runic inscriptions in the graveyard of St Cuthbert's, Bewcastle, to the war memorial, finished in 1934, in the former priory church in Wymondham. Goodall and Country Life photographer Paul Barker describe and picture an astonishing range of carvings and sculpture, paintings, decorated roofs, stained glass and spires, as well as oddities such as the golden dragon atop St Mary-le-Bow in London.
London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings
Lifting the lid on a hidden London, Spectacular Vernacular tells the stories behind 100 of the capital’s strangest buildings. This selection includes a medieval crypt under a City office block, an arts centre built of shipping containers, castles real and fake, ancient livery halls, grand private clubs, wartime bunkers, ‘ghost’ Tube stations, and London’s only lighthouse. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs, this volume describes the origins and adaptation of each building, and the often eccentric personalities associated with it.
Portillo's Hidden History of Britain
Beginning with Shepton Mallet prison, which had been in use for 400 years when it closed in 2013, Michael Portillo investigates the stories hidden within the walls of twelve buildings that illuminate aspects of Britain’s modern history. Through structures including Brighton’s sewer system, Imber village in Wiltshire, a nuclear bunker in Cambridge and the New Victoria cinema in Bradford, he explores four themes: crime and emergency, life and death, defence, and ‘People’s Pleasure Domes’.