Cheshire Clare Hartwell, Matthew Hyde, Nikolaus Pevsner

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
15 Sep 2011
Yale University Press
800 pages: 216 x 121mm
120 color illus.
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A comprehensive guide to the buildings of Cheshire in all their variety, from Pennine villages to coastal plains and seaside resorts. Chester, the regional capital and cathedral city, is famous for its Roman walls and black-and-white timber architecture, its noble Neoclassical monuments, and its unique medieval shopping 'rows' with their upper walkways. But Cheshire is also a major industrial county, with spectacular and internationally significant mills and canal structures. Specialist settlements include the famous railway borough of Crewe, the salt towns of Nantwich, Northwich and Middlewich, and Lord Leverhulme's celebrated garden suburb at Port Sunlight.

Clare Hartwell is an architectural historian based in Manchester. Her previous work for the Buildings of England includes the City Guide to Manchester (2001) and Lancashire: North (2009). Matthew Hyde lives in Macclesfield and has written extensively on the architecture and history of the region. For this series he is the author of Cumbria (2010), and co-author with Clare Hartwell of Lancashire: Manchester and the South East (2004).

"This is a lively, authoritative and up-to-date account of Cheshire’s most interesting, significant, or appealing buildings, arranged place by place, and prefaced by an expert introduction."—Chester Chronicle

"The new Cheshire volume, updated by Clare Hartwell and Matthew Hyde, continues Pevsner’s legacy in a superb manner... we have a marvellous opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with its varied charms."—Jonas Holdsworth, Lancashire Magazine

"Cheshire is an unassuming county, Chester apart, it is not perhaps much visited by architecture tourists – or indeed any other kind of tourist. Yet as this magnificently illustrated book demonstrates, there ought to be no reason for this because its architectural riches are so many and so varied."—Peter Davies, The Times

"Some of us look forward to a new volume of Pevsner as we once did a birthday postal-order."—Christopher Howse, Sunday Telegraph

"Cheshire certainly should be a county much visited by architectural travellers. Turn off the M6, with Pevsner as your guide."—Gareth Hughes, Cornerstone Vol.33 No.1

"This is yet another well prepared and useful title to add to this illustrious series."—Contemporary Review

“This revised edition is a great achievement, providing an indispensable guide to Cheshire’s architectural riches.”— Peter Boughton, The Burlington Magazine