Churches An Architectural Guide Simon Bradley

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Introductions
Publication date:
15 Mar 2016
Yale University Press
192 pages: 216 x 121mm
90 color + 50 b-w illus.


This accessible book is for anyone who would like to understand more about the architectural history of English churches. Clear and easy to use, the text explains the key components of church architecture—stylistic developments, functional requirements, regional variations, and arcane vocabulary. Readers can equip themselves to explore historic churches knowledgeably, evaluate dates and restoration phases, interpret stained glass and monuments, and make their own discoveries. Written by one of the editors of the Pevsner Architectural Guides and distilling years of experience visiting churches, the book includes explanations of how to learn more from building plans, tips for further research, searching for clues, and analyzing the evidence. 

Simon Bradley is joint series editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides. 

"We all know how much more enjoyable a visit to an old church or historic house can be in the company of a knowledgeable friend or well-informed guide; for many of us the Pevsners have always been that welcome companion."—Colin Thom, Transactions

"Brisk, beautifully illustrated chapters outlining the main stylistic developments in polite architecture"—Paul Stamper, British Archaeology