Isle of Wight David Wharton Lloyd, Nikolaus Pevsner

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
30 Jun 2006
348 pages: 217 x 128 x 23mm
col. Illustrations


This is a comprehensive guide to the buildings of the Isle of Wight. The beguiling architecture of the many towns, villages and resorts is explored in full, as are the charming villas and cottages ornes dotted around the spectacular coasts. But the Island also boasts architecture on the grandest scale: the powerful fortress of Carisbrooke Castle, with its evocative Saxon foundations; the rich and enigmatic baroque mansion of Appuldurcombe; Osborne House, the domestic paradise of Victoria and Albert, with its formal gardens; and the extraordinary "Quarr Abbey", a masterpiece of Expressionist brick by the French monk and architect, Dom Paul Bellot. Other attractions include Roman villas, sturdy manor houses, powerful coastal defences built for Henry VIII (and reinforced under Queen Victoria), and the retreats of Tennyson and other Victorian notables, not to mention a well-established tradition of innovative modern design. Each town or village is treated in a detailed gazetteer. A general introduction provides a historical and artistic overview. Numerous text illustrations, maps and plans, nearly a hundred new colour photographs, full indexes and an illustrated glossary help to make this book invaluable as both reference work and guide.

David Wharton Lloyd was born in Southampton in 1925. Besides lecturing on architectural subjects, he is a qualified town planner and a consultant on conservation matters to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and other professional bodies. His other books include The Making of English Towns, Railway Station Architecture (with Donald Insall), and the first Buildings of England edition covering Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, written jointly with Nikolaus Pevsner.

“What could be more agreeable than pottering through the brambled island lanes from one Pevsner entry to the next? … Time then to explore, Pevsner in hand… Next time you visit…take Pevsner too.” - Christopher Howse, The Daily Telegraph


“It is a pleasure to congratulate David W. Lloyd…on opening my eyes to the architectural attractions of the Isle of Wight… He has brought a fresh approach to the subject… Lloyd conveys a real sense of enthusiasm for his labours.” - Hugh Massingberd, The Spectator


“Now the Island, as locals call it, has achieved the recognition it deserves. … There is no more magisterial guidebook on architecture in this country than Pevsner’s black-coated, county-by-county Buildings of England. … Thanks to the writer David W. Lloyd, the Isle of Wight has been given a volume to itself.” - Clive Aslet, The Daily Telegraph


“This comprehensive guide to the buildings of the Isle of Wight highlights and explores in full the beguiling architecture of the island’s many towns, villages and resorts. … Each town and village is treated in a detailed gazetteer. … This book [is] invaluable as both reference work and guide.” - Listed Heritage


"[An] excellent and very informative volume."---New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times