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Historical Buildings

The landscape of Great Britain is filled with historical buildings and landmarks; we have a vast range of books covering the earliest buildings in England all the way through to modern architecture and the homes we live in today.

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The Castles of Henry VIII
In the last years of his reign Henry VIII needed a radically modern system of defence to protect England and its new Church. Anticipating a foreign onslaught from Catholic Europe after his split from ...


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The Building of England:
From awe-inspiring Norman castles, to the homes we live in, Simon Thurley explores how the architecture of this small island influenced the world. The Building of England puts into context the sign...


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The English Castle: 1066-1650
From coast to coast, the English landscape is still richly studded with castles both great and small. As homes or ruins, these historic buildings are today largely objects of curiosity. For centuries,...


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Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain
Beginning with their introduction in the eleventh century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the seventeenth, Marc Morris explores many of the country's most famous castles, as well ...


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Battle Castles
A sumptuous, action-packed pan-European history, Battle Castles brings to life mighty medieval fortifications and the epic sieges they resisted: clashes that defied the limits of military technology, ...


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Horrible Histories Dark Knights & Dingy Castles
This horrible history takes you charging back in time to days of chivalry, when knights clanked about in armour waving weapons, peasants cleaned up the mess afterwards, and everyone lived in dark, din...


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A detailed archaeological landscape survey that, like all the best pieces of detective work, investigates hillforts with the combined precision of the microscope and the ability to stand back and view...


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St Paul's Cathedral Before Wren
- A detailed archaeological and historical account of the various cathedrals of St Paul's from the foundation in AD 604 up to the construction of the Wren building - Employs documents, surveys ...


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A Glimpse of Heaven. Paperback
Christopher Martin tells the remarkable story of Catholic church architecture in England and Wales, a subject about which very little has been written. Catholic churches have too often been dismissed ...


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Stephen Dykes Bower
'Stephen Dykes Bower (1902-1993) was unique among twentieth century British architects as a sincere practitioner of Gothic design during the post-war period. He rejected modernism and continued tr...


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Haughmond Abbey
Haughmond Abbey was a prosperous house of Augustinian Canons north-east of Shrewsbury.  Today it is an extensive ruin in the guardianship of English Heritage. The work reported on had its orig...


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York Minster
York Minster is one of England's greatest Gothic Buildings and the repository for the largest single collection of medieval stained glass in Britain, most of which remains in situ. This cathedral ...


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The Country House
This book presents a series of conference papers exploring the material culture of the country house and its presentation to the public. There is an academic interest in the consumption practices of t...


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Danson House
Danson House (1762 - 66) in Bexley Heath is one of the finest surviving villas by the architect Robert Taylor (1714 - 88). Restrained, compact and ingeniously planned, it was built for the City mercha...


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The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle
- Beautifully illustrated account of how English Heritage re-created Robert Dudley's garden at Kenilworth Castle - Presents the extensive research carried out prior to the reconstruction and de...


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The Town House in Medieval and Early Modern Bristol
This study, covering the period c.1000 to c.1800, is of the medieval and early modern houses of Bristol, England’s second city in the later Middle Ages and again in the 18th century. Based partl...


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The English Railway Station
The railway station is one of England’s most distinctive and best-loved building-types. Yet over the past century the nation’s stations have often been overlooked or dismissed, and have su...


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