Shropshire includes some of the finest towns in England - among them Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Bridgnorth. It also contains buildings of vital importance in the architectural history of the country from the Roman period to the present day. The Roman baths of Wroxeter; the Cistercian priory of Buildwas; the church and castle of Acton Burnell, displaying the latest fashions of the end of the thirteenth century; the magnificent fifteenth-century work in the parish church of Ludlow; the world's first iron bridge at Coalbrookdale; the extraordinary landscape of Hawkstone Park, a textbook example of picturesque planning; John Nash's Italianate villa at Cronkhill, looking like something in a Claude painting; Norman Shaw's monumental church at Batchcott; all are of the first rank.
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"The greatest endeavour of popular architectural scholarship in the world." -- Jonathan Meades, The Observer, 25th November 2001.About the Author:
John Newman first became involved in The Buildings of England as Sir Nikolaus Pevsner's driver, in Berkshire and Hampshire. He wrote the two volumes on Kent, West Kent and the Weald and North East and East Kent, and half the Dorset volume. From 1983 to 2002 he acted as overall advisory editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides; and in the 1990s returned to authorship, contributing Glamorgan and Gwent/Monmouthshire to the Buildings of Wales series. In 2001 he retired from teaching the history of architecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, since when he has concentrated on the preparation of the present volume.
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