The English Village Church

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Robert Hale, 1998 - Architecture - 392 pages
The village church, for centuries the center of the "English village", is one of the most endearing features of the countryside. There is no other country with such a variety, for though they frequently share common features, every church is unique, changing and growing through the centuries as needs and fashions dictate. These churches clearly reflect the spirit of both those who built them and those who, over the centuries, have lavished care and affection on what has become England's richest legacy of medieval architecture and art.

Profusely illustrated with the author's own pen and ink drawings, the volume is a valuable guide to all those interested in English churches and in particular those who have little previous knowledge of this priceless heritage. The memorable churches of Norfolk and Suffolk, the beautiful towers of Somerset, the screens and pulpits of Devon, the hammer-beam roofs of East Anglia are all unrivalled anywhere; but as important as these are, they form only a small part of the English heritage. The real attraction of village churches is often in their simplicity and rustic charm.

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