Cumbria: Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness Matthew Hyde, Nikolaus Pevsner

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
15 Nov 2010
Yale University Press
800 pages: 216 x 121mm
120 color illus.
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This fully revised volume brings together the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland with the old Furness division of Lancashire, in a comprehensive architectural guide to one of England's most varied and rewarding regions. At its heart is the Lake District, where the well-loved vernacular architecture is overlaid by centuries of buildings, Georgian to modern, that respond in diverse ways to the magnificent landscape. The less familiar areas outside the National Park have an equal fascination, with numerous historic towns, spectacular industrial monuments, and distinctive traditions of church-building and fortified great houses. Fine Victorian and Arts-and-Crafts architecture can be found throughout, much of it published here for the first time.

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Awarded The Michael Berry Prize for Guides, Walks and Places in the Lakeland Book of the Year competition.

Matthew Hyde is an architectural historian based in northwest England. He is coauthor of Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East and the forthcoming Cheshire in the Buildings of England series. Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–83) founded the Buildings of England series.

"This is an excellent book…This Revised edition is full of well-considered and lively opinions…. this makes it a more enjoyable read…This is a model guidebook…. I could not recommend Matthew Hyde’s revision and amplification of Pevsner’s more strongly." -John Martin Robinson, Country Life

"As aficionados know, there really is nothing to compare with Pevsner guides – they knock other guides into a cocked hat. They tell you about every building of architectural interest in an entire historic county – in this case two historic counties and a slice of Lancashire too, a truly prodigious task." - Jonas Holdsworth, Lancashire Magazine

"An excellent volume, which will be indispensable to students and travellers alike."—Contemporary Review

"As this volume abundantly shows, an area of England which Cumbria describes as 'mostly hinterland' is populated by architecture of a vast range of periods, styles and unique histories, all of which await the eager visitor or incidental passer-by who is fortunate enough to carry this latest addition to the Buildings of England in the car boot or the rucksack."—Ayla Lepine, Burlington Magazine