Dorset Michael Hill, John Newman, Nikolaus Pevsner

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
15 May 2018
Yale University Press
864 pages: 216 x 114mm
128 color + 80 b-w illus.
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Fully revised, updated, and expanded, this book offers a fresh and comprehensive account of the buildings of Dorset, one of England’s best-loved and most beautiful counties. With its wonderful variety of building stones, Dorset offers visual pleasures which few English counties can match. Its country houses are exceptionally rich and varied, from medieval Woodsford and Athelhampton to the late Victorian splendors of Norman Shaw’s Bryanston. Highlights among the churches include the former abbeys of Sherborne, Wimborne, and Milton. Towns include the mid-Georgian showpiece of Blandford Forum, the seaside resort of Weymouth, and ports large and small, from busy Poole to charming Lyme Regis. Featuring all new color photography, this volume is the ideal guide to one of the most architecturally rewarding regions in England.

Michael Hill is an independent scholar based in south-west England.  John Newman is the former associate editor of the Buildings of England series, and co-author of the original (1972) edition. Nikolaus Pevsner was the series founder.  

“[A] splendid new edition of Pevsner’s architectural guide to Dorset.”—Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph

Michael Hill is “the excellent and thoughtful reviser” – Roger White, Country Life

“As usual, YUP have produced a high quality book, which should stand up to the frequent usage to which these volumes are often put, whether it be in the hand or in the backpack [. . .] In summary, this is another excellent volume in this remarkable series. Any reader planning to visit or residing in Dorset will obviously want to have a copy” —Graham Kent, Transactions of the Ancient Monuments

“It is almost needless to say that this new edition is an essential requirement for anyone visiting Dorset. As with its companion volumes in the series, the amount of information it contains and the amount of work and research this represents is astonishing. Michael Hill deserves every congratulation.” – Peter Child, Vernacular Architecture

“This book is a truly worthy addition to the canon of Dorset architectural literature.”—Patrick Newberry, The Georgian