BOOKS

These are the books which open our list, in expected sequence of publication. As information concerning price, extent, publication date etc becomes available it will be added, as will a link to place orders in due course. Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more about our marketing and distribution arrangement with partners Boydell & Brewer.

Late-Georgian Churches: Anglican architecture, patronage and churchgoing 1790-1840

Author: Christopher Webster

Holy Trinity Church, Theale, Berks (Geoff Brandwood)

This book is the first comprehensive study of late-Georgian church-building. After centuries of post-Reformation inactivity, the Church of England began to address the desperate shortage of accommodation and build on a huge scale. Almost all the leading architects were involved and, amongst approximately 1500 new churches there are some outstanding designs; buildings of the very highest order architecturally.

In this pioneering study, the churches are considered free from the Ecclesiological zeal that condemned them and has, for so long, prevented their serious study. It will celebrate the best of them and provide valuable insights into the design and planning of the whole corpus. There are many revelations. Included is a thorough examination of the stylistic alternatives and contemporary liturgical imperatives, along with their architectural implications. The book explores a lost world of late-Georgian churchgoing: what people expected and experienced in a church service. Also considered are some of the period’s remarkable material and constructional innovations, ones often exploited in church-building, along with the provision of architectural services in the era that preceded full professionalisation

Graham Parry, Professor of English and Related Literature at York University, writes of Webster’s book –

‘In the relatively under-explored territory of late-Georgian churches, Christopher Webster’s book serves as an exceptionally helpful commentary and guide.  Full of unfamiliar information, and highly readable, it presents and interprets these buildings in terms of the values and expectations of their own times, allowing them to be appreciated with a new and pleasing clarity.’

Publication – July 2022

320 pages, with over 370 illustrations, mostly in colour.

ISBN 978-1-7398229-0-3 Hard cover £80

ISBN 978-1-7398229-1-0 PDF Ebook £19.99

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English Victorian Churches: Architecture, faith, & revival

Author: James Stevens Curl

Rood-screen and loft; Church of St Petroc Minor, Little Petherick, Cornwall (J Stevens Curl)

Churches built in England during the reign of Queen Victoria are not only numerous, but offer a range of architectural styles, fine fittings, and much else to those interested in ecclesiastical architecture. Often exquisitely furnished, they were visible expressions of the presence and importance of religion at the time. Their architectural qualities reflected aspirations of clergy, laity, and individual benefactors. The finest were the results of passionate commitments to scholarly studies known as Ecclesiology.

St Leonard’s, Scorborough, ER Yorkshire (Geoff Brandwood)

James Stevens Curl is well qualified to write on the subject, because he helped to pioneer a shift in values that we now take for granted. He harnesses his prodigious knowledge of the period to produce a well-balanced overview of the 19th-century’s highly-charged religious atmosphere, and places English churches of the period in their complex social and denominational settings. He charts the progress and development of the Gothic Revival, explains differences in the churches of various denominations, outlines the influences of the chief protagonists involved, and describes the demands made on craftsmen and industry to produce the materials, furnishings, and fittings necessary in the making of some of the finest buildings ever created in England.

His book reveals something of the individuals and events that shaped the religious climate of the epoch, while the outstanding illustrations, many of which, in colour, were specially commissioned, reveal the rich variety and great beauty found in Victorian churches.

Publication – September 2022

240 pages with 140 illustrations, mostly in colour and commissioned for this book

978-1-7398229-3-4  Hardback  £50

978-1-7398229-4-1 PDF Ebook £19.99

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