County Durham Martin Roberts, Nikolaus Pevsner, Elizabeth Williamson

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
23 Mar 2021
Yale University Press
964 pages: 216 x 114mm
125 color + 75 b-w illus.
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A comprehensive guide to County Durham, one of Northern England’s most fascinating and architecturally diverse counties

This volume surveys one of northern England’s most varied and rewarding counties. County Durham, flanked by the rivers Tyne and Tees, boasts Durham Cathedral, England’s most impressive Norman church, located unforgettably alongside Durham Castle on the cliff tops above the River Wear. Exceptionally rich in Anglo-Saxon churches and sculpture, County Durham features the legacy of the brilliant culture of the age of Bede. Many of Durham’s extraordinary castles remain inhabited, with palatial interiors from the Georgian and Victorian periods. In addition to fine gentry houses and stone-built market towns, the county also reveals the legacy of historic industries, including early railway buildings, collieries and lead mines. During the 20th century, a new generation of innovative buildings for culture and education at Gateshead and Sunderland emerged. Specially commissioned photography and maps complement an exceptional guide to this architecturally rich northern English county.

Martin Roberts is a former historic buildings inspector for English Heritage, North East region, and the founder of the North East Vernacular Architecture Group.

“This exhaustive and scholarly book makes discovering this cornucopia a revelation and a delight.”—Simon Heffer, The Telegraph

“You should arrive at Escomb church on foot...I grew hungry to see it whilst eagerly sampling the 900-page new volume, County Durham, part of the Pevsner Buildings of England series, revised and amplified by Martin Roberts. It is a strong invitation to a holiday in the county.”—Christopher Howse, The Telegraph

“What a lush and plush book it is. Half as large again as the previous edition, which dated back to 1983, it is uncommonly handsome and scholarly.”—Lucinda Lambton, The Oldie

“The 70 pages devoted to the Durham Cathedral and Castle precinct would make an excellent guidebook alone...Period images and engravings are reproduced, complementing the new colour photography which captures the range and diversity of the county.”—Greg Finch, Hexham Local History Society Newsletter

“Delightful enthusiasm is combined with thorough fieldwork — every building has been visited, many have been measured and important aspects researched, especially craftsmen working for the Church. Roberts is an authority on the county’s parks and gardens as well as its vernacular architecture…A superb achievement.”—Adrian Green, Vernacular Architecture