Churches of Somerset - A. K. WickhamDawlish: David & Charles, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little wear to the edges of the dust wrapper, pulled at the head of the lower panel with a short tear resultant, and the price clipped. Gift inscription to the first blank. The contents complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Includes: Black & white photographs (plates); Maps; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “When Churches of Somerset was first published in 1952, it was immediately recognized as the long needed ‘standard’ work on the subject. It went out of print in three months, and now re-appears, with a preface by Bryan Little, to meet a demand which grows with the increasing interest taken in the county’s outstanding architectural heritage.
Somerset is, of course, especially fortunate in its fine towers. ‘I have always maintained the claims of the churches of Somerset to take precedence of all specimens of parochial architecture in the kingdom’ was the view of Professor Freeman in his The Perpendicular in Somerset. Most of the pictures in this substantial volume — and they amount to more than a hundred, covering eighty-four churches — illustrate buildings in the Perpendicular style, dating from that ‘fine, flowering time’ in which three-quarters of the county’s churches were built, and which may be said to have begun with the building of the parish church of Yeovil in 1380.
To his pictures — many of which were taken with his own camera — Mr Wickham has added a scholarly text dealing, first, with the early Somerset churches, and proceeding to a study of the origins and the chronology and the fully developed style of ‘The Great Epoch’. He pauses here to examine, in general and in detail, the towers, the roofs, the screens and fittings, the glass, the medieval monuments, and the brasses of the period. The text concludes with a swift survey of the later centuries — with a chapter on Seventeenth Century monuments — concluding with the Nineteenth.
Mr Wickham presents the churches of his native county ‘as a whole in a manner which shall be reliable and yet attractive’. Though Somerset churches have a special unity, no other book has attempted this task. Besides the numerous illustrations of churches and the main text, there are maps, an index of places, and a general index.”