Historic Floors

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Taylor & Francis, Jun 1, 2007 - Antiques & Collectibles - 260 pages
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This is the first book in the UK to be devoted to historic floors. It introduces an important and largely neglected subject and considers conservation methods in a European context.

It traces the history of some of the great floors of Europe from the fourth century B.C. and outlines the development of mosaic, tiles, marble and parquetry floors in secular buildings. The early Christian pavements in basilicas, temples and cathedrals, the creation of medieval tiles, ledger stones and monumental brasses, their destruction by iconoclasts and re-creation during the Gothic Revival, are also discussed.

Leading authorities, archaeologists, architects and archivists consider the latest methods of recording and repairing cathedral floors, including those of cathedrals, country houses, the monumental tiled pavements of the Palace of Westminster and other public buildings. Management policies to protect outstanding floors in over-visited sites are considered and historic features particularly at risk, are identified. Urgent action is recommended to contain the damage caused by the dramatic increase in tourism throughout Europe.
 

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Contents

Jane Fawcett
1
Warwick Rodwell
41
Tim TattonBrown
53
Canterbury Cathedral nave floor Kevin Blockley
63
York Minster Bernard Barr
69
conservation options Charles Brown
79
Ross WA Dallas
85
Robert Skingle
94
tile mosaic and marble pavements parquetry floors and carpets Jane Fawcett
129
Daryl Fowler
164
Christopher Rowell
172
Uppark a case study Iain McLaren
179
The Palace of Westminster AT Jardine
187
St Georges Hall Liverpool Donald Insall
194
Christopher HansonSmith
198
English cathedral floor studies historic features and areas at risk Jane Fawcett
205

Christopher J Brooke
101
Mark Dorrington
106
Diana Hale
109
conserving the retrochoir pavement Peter Bird
113
management and good practice in cathedrals and greater churches Jane Fawcett
120
Glossary
223
Reading list
229
Index
236
Color Plate Section
251
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Jane Fawcett, editor of The Future of the Past, has lectured widely on 19th-century English architecture and in 1975 visited the U.S. with Sir Nikolaus Pevsner on a lecture tour.

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