The Parish Church Towers of Somerset: Their Construction, Craftsmanship and Chronology 1350-1550 by Peter Poyntz Wright

The Parish Church Towers of Somerset: Their Construction, Craftsmanship and Chronology 1350-1550 by Peter Poyntz Wright soon to be presented for sale on the brilliant BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Amersham: Avebury Publishing, 1981, Hardback in dust wrapper.

A limited printing of 200 subscriber copies of which this is number 120. Contains: List of subscribers; Black & white photographs; Maps; Vignettes; Appendices [2]; Plans;

From the cover: The parish church towers of Somerset are remarkable for their grandeur, their intricate decoration and their stylistic development. This book combines a detailed analysis of their architecture with an elegant photographic collection of the most striking towers.

The authors trail of investigation reads like a detective story in architectural history. His starting point was to select from Somersets total of over 500 church towers those which were relevant to the flowering of the Perpendicular style, and which carried sufficient style and decoration to make serious comparison possible. Systematically, then, the features of the towers were compared, including their ground plans, wall thickness, buttress types, pinnacle arrangement, window style and parapet design.

Thus a picture could be built up of the sequence of construction, and the distinct pockets of building activity within the county. A pattern emerged of generations of towers developing one from another, sharing and modifying specific features in their design and decoration.

Not only does the author establish a fairly accurate date for each tower. His evidence tends to push back the date of what is accepted as Perpendicular, perhaps prior to 1360. This, he argues, could be a result of the Black Death in 1348, which eliminated numerous craftsmen and allowed new people with new ideas to spread and develop more quickly

Introduction by: Aelred Watkin

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper unevenly age-toned. Previous owners’ name to the first blank.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 217 pages. Index. Bibliography. 12″ x 8½”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I draw your attention to more books in my Architecture catalogue?

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