Imprint: Yale University Press
Surrey, originally published in 1962, was the first Buildings of England volume that Pevsner shared with another author, and Ian Nairn’s brilliant, provocative descriptions have been treasured by many ever since. For centuries Surrey has been the playground for London, and home to thousands of its commuters. Yet much of the county is still deeply wooded or surprisingly bucolic. This fully revised and enhanced edition, the first since 1971, is packed with new information on its major historic buildings – Waverley Abbey, Farnham Castle, Sutton Place and Loseley Park among others – and much-expanded accounts of its Victorian set pieces – Royal Holloway College, Holloway Sanatorium and Charterhouse School – alongside fresh appreciation of the twentieth century, including its principal monument, Guildford’s cathedral. To the fore in Surrey is domestic architecture: medieval farmhouses, seventeenth-century gentry houses in the Artisan Classical style, eighteenth-century country houses, Victorian and Edwardian businessmen’s residences, designed most famously by Norman Shaw, Lutyens and Voysey, and high-class suburban estates. Into this small county is fitted architecture of endless variety, ranging from Georgian designed landscapes to military cemeteries, from seminaries to shooting clubs, and from lime kilns to lunatic asylums.
“Objective, detailed and comprehensive.”—Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph
“It aims to profile architecture of quality both familiar and unfamiliar. It’s a task this volume undertakes in exemplary fashion (despite the challenge of being prepared in part during the pandemic). Even allowing for the fact that Surrey has been subject to destructive and sprawling development, what this volume really demonstrates is the astonishing amount there is for the architectural enthusiast of every period to enjoy in the county.”—John Goodall, Country Life
“As the great series draws to a close, it has never looked better.”—Andrew Saint, Victorian Magazine
“Much bigger and far more comprehensive than its predecessors, hugely improved by the splendid colour photographs, many by Robert Forster.”—James Stevens, The Critic
The expansion and revision of Nikolaus Pevsner’s celebrated architectural guides continues with this new edition of Surrey that contains 139 specially commissioned colour photographs. This update on the original 1962 version is packed with new information on Surrey’s Architectural
history. From Waverley Abbey and Farnham Castle to Holloway Sanatorium and Guildford Cathedral, the guide to this small county illustrates its architecture of endless variety. Read more on our blog.