Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West Richard Pollard, Nikolaus Pevsner

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
20 May 2006
Yale University Press
768 pages:
100 b-w + 127 color illus.
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This comprehensive guide to the buildings of South-West Lancashire treats each city, town, and village in a detailed gazetteer. The great port city of Liverpool dominates, with its cathedrals, mighty commercial buildings and warehouses, and Georgian inner city. Full accounts are also given of the suburbs and industrial towns beyond. But most of the area remains rural, and in this distinctive landscape are found such memorable buildings as Sefton church, Speke Hall, and the Georgian country houses of Knowsley, ancestral seat of the Earls of Derby, and Ince Blundell, with its extraordinary Neoclassical sculpture gallery. Numerous maps and plans, color photographs, indexes, and an illustrated glossary complete this volume.

Richard Pollard attended Christ’s College Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute of Art before becoming secretary of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. He contributed to the Pevsner Architectural Guide to Liverpool.

'[It] contains all the information required to transform you into a fountain of local knowledge. ... Each city, town or village included in the book is treated with a detailed gazetteer...' - Kristina Wood, Wigan Evening Post
'The thoroughness of these new astounding. ... 745 exhaustively thorough and authoritative pages... Pollard is a more elegant and expansive writer... Pevsner has found a worthy successor.' - Stephen McClarence, The Times
'Now the county's architectural heritage can be explored and studied to a depth previously undreamed of thanks to the new Lancashire editions of the famous Pevsner Buildings of England series. ... [This is] a magnificent volume...[and] tells us everything we need to know. ... The new photographs which accompany the text are truly stunning. ... And the detail about every building is fantastic...nothing of importance is left out. ... This book demonstrates that this part of Lancashire has a built heritage to compete with anywhere and there's only one way to really explore it - with Pevsner's guide in hand.' - Robert Hawley, Lancashire Life