The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874)

Lawrence Butler (ed.)

The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874)

Sir Stephen Glynne (1807-1874) was one of the greatest church enthusiasts of his time, visiting over 5500 churches in England and Wales, and making careful notes and sketches of their architecture, plans and furnishings. His particular interest lay in the Gothic style, and in High Church principles, as his notes make clear. This volume contains architectural descriptions of 400 Yorkshire churches and abbeys compiled during his many visits. Interesting in their own right, they also provide an extremely accurate and valuable record of the fabric and fittings before their removal in restoration or the total demolition of churches. An introduction places Sir Stephen's life and work in the wider context of developing architectural and ritual scholarship. The text is accompanied by 250 contemporary water-colours and drawings, the majority from record sources and published for the first time. Together they provide a significant contribution to the study of Yorkshire church architecture at a time of rapid change. 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874)

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre History, Religion & Spirituality, Art, Architecture & Photography
Format Hardback
Pages 560
RRP £30.00
Date of Publication November 2007
ISBN 978-1903564806
Publisher Yorkshire Archaeological Society
 

Sir Stephen Glynne (1807-1874) was one of the greatest church enthusiasts of his time, visiting over 5500 churches in England and Wales, and making careful notes and sketches of their architecture, plans and furnishings. His particular interest lay in the Gothic style, and in High Church principles, as his notes make clear. This volume contains architectural descriptions of 400 Yorkshire churches and abbeys compiled during his many visits. Interesting in their own right, they also provide an extremely accurate and valuable record of the fabric and fittings before their removal in restoration or the total demolition of churches. An introduction places Sir Stephen's life and work in the wider context of developing architectural and ritual scholarship. The text is accompanied by 250 contemporary water-colours and drawings, the majority from record sources and published for the first time. Together they provide a significant contribution to the study of Yorkshire church architecture at a time of rapid change.

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The Times

Stephen McClarence

He wrote on-the-spot descriptions. Some are obsessively detailed, others minimal. One page is blank except for the enigmatic line: “The aisles are but narrow.” He was often the first to describe the more out-of-the-way churches in - as one off-hand obituary said - “Westmoreland, Cornwall or some other little-visited shire”. His importance is that he caught many of these buildings before Victorian restorers got their hands on them. His descriptions are like snapshots...

31/07/2008

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