Some of England's grandest country houses are to be found in this prosperous rural midland county with its excellent local building stone from the limestone belt. The Elizabethan Renaissance Kirby Hall, the late seventeenth century French-inspired Boughton, Hawksmoor's stately Baroque Easton Neston and the interiors of Althorp provide a fascinating survey of changing taste through the centuries. The great houses are complemented by smaller buildings of great character, supreme among them Sir Thomas Tresham's eccentric and ingenious Triangular Lodge at Rushton. Of no less interest in this county of 'spires and squires' are the fine village churches, from Early Saxon Brixworth to the noble early Gothic buildings which so inspired the Victorians.
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Bruce Bailey is a Northamptonshire man and has contributed to both of the previous editions of the guide to the county in this series. He serves as archivist at Drayton House and for the Althorp Estate.
“The newly revised Pevsner addition to Northamptonshire shows the county batting well above its size in numbers of fine buildings.”—Marcus Binney, The Times (Marcus Binney The Times 2013-08-17)
“The Pevsner architectural guides to the counties of Britain are crammed with . . . tiny fascinating details. Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre in British Art . . . must be praised for this work of scholarship, unequalled in the world."—Harry Mount, The Daily Telegraph (Harry Mount Daily Telegraph 2013-08-26)
“I walked over the fields to Rushton on a fresh sunny morning this week to try out the new Pevsner Buildings of England volume, Northamptonshire, which Harry Mount wrote about on Monday. We agree that the series is unequalled in the world.”—Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph (Christopher Howse Daily Telegraph 2013-08-31)
“Pevsner’s achievement in visiting and writing about every building of architectural importance in England was breathtaking. . . Bailey, without lowering the tone, is more expansive and easier to read, and he tells us much more about the families and craftsmen responsible for these buildings than Pevsner had the space to do.”—Alexander Chancellor, The Spectator (Alexander Chancellor The Spectator 2013-11-09)
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Book Description Penguin UK, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140710221