Georgian Parish Church: Monuments to Posterity [Paperback]

Terry Friedman(Author)

ISBN: 9780954361532 | Published by: Spire Books | Year of Publication: 2004 | Language: English 174p, b/w and col illus
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Georgian Parish Church


This is the first substantial study of Georgian church architecture for over 40 years and is full of new discoveries and surprises. It consists of an overview of major developments during the period followed by six in-depth studies of important individual, though neglected, churches. These draw on contemporary records which reveal much about the designing and building of Anglican parish churches during the 18th century. Together they explore issues which go to the very heart of the Georgian church both as a building type and as a house of worship: the intimate links between design materials and technology as revealed by craftsmen's building accounts; bitter quarrels among disgruntled parish factions; the thorny question of 'restoring' medieval fabrics; controversies over imagery in Protestant churches; secularising design through the use of Palladian pattern books; dramatic reinterpretations of ancient pagan forms for new churches; and much more besides. The six episodes which form the heart of the book deal with St John, Westminster; St Paul, Sheffield; St Margaret, Westminster, Binley, Warwickshire, Ayot St Lawrence, Herts, and All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

I Introduction

II St John, Westminster ‘a great mixture of beauty and caprice’

III St Paul, Sheffield ‘great heats and animosities’

IV St Margaret, Westminster ‘a true Fantastic Batty Langleian design’
or ‘a bold display of modern inventive genius’?
V Who Built Binley?

VI Ayot St Lawrence ‘a model of antient architecture’

VII All Saints, Newcastle Upon Tyne ‘so fair a monument to taste and
munificence of modern times’


Appendix A

Appendix B





Reviews & Quotes

"This book is a must for anyone who enjoys architecture and building history.'"
John Burton
The Georgian Group (2005)

"...a substantial study of Georgian church architecture, based on a highly impressive range of manuscript and printed sources, wide reading, and perceptive fieldwork [...] This important an excellent work of scholarship with 170 illustrations, forty-five of them in colour, to enhance an invaluable text."

Northern History (XLII (2), 2006)

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