Wiltshire Julian Orbach, Nikolaus Pevsner, Bridget Cherry

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
08 Jun 2021
Yale University Press
988 pages: 216 x 114mm
118 color + 76 b-w illus.


The indispensable guide to the architectural heritage of Wiltshire

With hundreds of buildings added to the new gazetteer, this volume offers a fully revised and updated guide to Wiltshire. From prehistoric Stonehenge and thirteenth-century Salisbury Cathedral, to Elizabethan Longleat, Palladian Wilton and landscaped gardens of Stourhead, the buildings of Wiltshire represent the best of every period of English architecture. Towns range from Marlborough with its sweeping High Street to Bradford-on-Avon, rich in the architectural legacy of clothiers’ houses. Villages include the exceptional Lacock in the shadow of its abbey’s remains as well as Avebury, where the houses sit within the famous stone circle. This volume, covering structures as diverse as garden follies and railway workers’ housing is an essential reference for visitors and residents alike.

Julian Orbach is author of the revised edition of Somerset: South and West (2014) and co-author of Pembrokeshire (2004), Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion (2006), and Gwynedd (2009) in The Buildings of Wales series.

“In deepest Wiltshire, I found an architectural feat as significant as Stonehenge or Salisbury Cathedral.”—Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph

“Mr Orbach's Wiltshire combines Pevsnerian scholarship with a sure eye, a keen Betjemanian sense of place and a warm heart for the architectural heritage of his adopted county.”—Timothy Mowl, Country Life

“A work which carries on the great traditions of Pevsners, and retains the strengths of the first two Wiltshire volumes, while augmenting them with the perceptions and descriptions generated by a fresh eye on the county's buildings”—Richard Deane, Salisbury Civic Society

“Orbach retains the use of Pevner's theme-based approach to the county…But he also innovates: whilst previous editions have been presented on manorial and municipal lines, Orbach introduces new themes like transport which allow him to expand more comprehensively on the importance of the Box Tunnel or Dundas' aqueduct, for instance.”—Frederick Hervey-Bathurst, Friends of Friendless Churches

“Orbach’s is a fine work of burrowing and scholarship. He writes with energy. His text is often elliptical...a sort of shorthand that lends the book an enjoyable immediacy.”—Jonathan Meades, London Review of Books