churches, houses, castles

Author: Simon Jenkins

Publisher: Lane, Allen


Category: Architecture

Page: 292

View: 6812

From The Great Citadels Of Caernarvon, Harlech, Powis And Beaumaris In The North, To The Victorian Glories Of Cardiff In The South, St David'S Cathedral ('The Loveliest Church In Wales') In The West To The Exquisite Little Hill Church Of Patrishow In The East, From Plas Newydd Above The Menai Straits To The Romantic Citadel Of Carreg Cennan In The Heart Of The Country, The Buildings Of Wales Embody Its History And Are The Equal Of Any In The British Isles. Simon Jenkins Has Travelled, It Seems, Every Mile Of The Country To Celebrate, And In Some Cases To Find The Very Best Of Them, And Irresistibly Conveys In This Book His Enthusiasm For Them. Cumulatively They Amount To A Cultural History Of Wales By One Of Its Most Devoted Sons. Anyone Who Is Visiting Wales Or Who Loves It Will Want To Own This Glorious Book.

Tudor Wales

Author: Nathen Amin

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445617919

Category: History

Page: 150

View: 2693

The Tudors are one of history's most infamous families and the era over which they reigned still captures the public's interest without rival. 'Tudor England' in itself has become a well known phrase that covers many aspects of the era, particularly architecture, arts and the lifestyle. What is often overlooked however is that the Tudors, whilst coming to encompass all that is considered great about England, were a Welsh dynasty with their roots firmly entrenched in the hills across Offa's Dyke. This guide will take you on a journey throughout the beautiful country of Wales and expose the reader to the hidden gems of the Tudor era, from Harlech Castle in the north to Pembroke Castle in the west, and from the holy Bishop's Palace at Lamphey to the sacred Cathedral at St David's. From Dale, Carew and Penmynydd to Raglan, Conwy and Denbigh, every part of W ales has Tudor links, both to the royal Tudors and their more obscure Welsh ancestors. This guide will put you on the path to a true Tudor experience in the Land of their Fathers.


Author: Matthew Pointon


ISBN: 0244343292


Page: N.A

View: 1499

Cardiff Book of Days

Author: Mike Hall

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752485938

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 4598

Taking you through the year day by day, The Cardiff Book of Days contains a quirky, eccentric, amusing or important event or fact from different periods of history, many of which had a major impact on the religious and political history of Britain as a whole. Ideal for dipping into, this addictive little book will keep you entertained and informed. Featuring hundreds of snippets of information gleaned from the vaults of Cardiff’s archives, it will delight residents and visitors alike.

Coast: Our Island Story

A Journey of Discovery Around Britain's Coastline

Author: Nicholas Crane

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409074552

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 1878

Along our shores, towering cliffs from the age of the dinosaurs rise beside wide estuaries teeming with wildlife, while Victorian ports share waterfronts with imposing fortifications. And the people who have lived, worked and played on this spectacular coast - from Stone Age fishermen to seafarers, chart-makers and surfers - have an incredible tale to tell. Coast: Our Island Story is an enthralling account, sparkling with geography, history, adventure and eccentric characters, told with Nick Crane's trademark charisma and wit.

Welsh Castles

A Guide by Counties

Author: Adrian Pettifer

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851157788

Category: Architecture

Page: 212

View: 5773

History of and gazetteer to all surviving Welsh castles - the majority 13c - arranged by county, with full OS details.

The Medieval Castle in England and Wales

A Political and Social History

Author: Norman J. G. Pounds

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521458283

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 9760

This original and pioneering book examines the role of the castle in the Norman conquest of England and in the subsequent administration of the country. The castle is seen primarily as an instrument of peaceful administration which rarely had a garrison and was more often where the sheriff kept his files and employed his secretariat. In most cases the military significance of the castle was minimal, and only a very few ever saw military action. For the first time, the medieval castle in England is seen in a new light which will attract the general reader of history and archaeology as much as the specialist in economic and social history.

Medieval Bishops' Houses in England and Wales

Author: Michael Welman Thompson

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited


Category: Architecture

Page: 207

View: 5771

From 1133 to 1536 there were 17 bishops' sees in England and four in Wales. Two of these 21 sees had two cathedrals: Bath and Wells and Coventry and Lichfield. At each cathedral the bishop had a house or palace. The book describes the surviving medieval remains there and the far more numerous manor houses and castles owned by the bishops, as well as their London houses. An attempt is made to describe how these buildings relate to the way of life of the bishops in relation to their duties and their income and how in particular the dramatic social changes of the later middle ages influenced their form. The book includes over a hundred plans, sections and photographs of the surviving parts of bishops' residences, with a survey of 1647 of the Archbishop's palace at Canterbury before demolition. It will be of interest to architectural historians, of course, and its social-cultural approach makes it equally valuable to students of medieval history and literature.

Tiny Churches

Author: Dixe Wills

Publisher: AA Publishing

ISBN: 9780749577681


Page: 320

View: 9149

While traveling all over Britain on his pushbike, non-flying travel writer Dixe Wills is forever popping into old churches to look around, grab a moment of tranquility, or just to shelter from the elements. Extending his love of all things tiny into yet another area, this book is his guide to 60 of the loveliest and most diminutive churches that Britain has to offer, many of which are known only to locals or tourists who are simply lucky enough to stumble across them. Each church is so tiny that only about 30 people could fit comfortably inside, and each is open to the public. Representing a unique slice of British local history and attitudes, tiny churches are the great survivors of the world. Unlike grand cathedrals, they were built to serve more humble ends, but they withstood centuries of religious unrest (and the Victorian "church improvers") to survive into this most irreligious of centuries. Today, scattered all over Britain, these atmospheric places retain the essence of what they were when the stonemasons, laborers, smiths, carpenters, and glaziers were corralled together to build them.

Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300–1500: Volume 3, Southern England

Author: Anthony Emery

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139449199

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 8528

This is the third volume of Anthony Emery's magisterial survey, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300–1500, first published in 2006. Across the three volumes Emery has examined afresh and re-assessed over 750 houses, the first comprehensive review of the subject for 150 years. Covered are the full range of leading homes, from royal and episcopal palaces to manor houses, as well as community buildings such as academic colleges, monastic granges and secular colleges of canons. This volume surveys Southern England and is divided into three regions, each of which includes a separate historical and architectural introduction as well as thematic essays prompted by key buildings. The text is complemented throughout by a wide range of plans and diagrams and a wealth of photographs showing the present condition of almost every house discussed. This is an essential source for anyone interested in the history, architecture and culture of medieval England and Wales.

Architecture of England, Scotland, and Wales

Author: Nigel R. Jones

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313318504

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

View: 7186

A guide to the architectural history and significance of the most famous structures in the history of these storied countries.

Wales's Best One Hundred Churches

Author: T. J. Hughes

Publisher: Seren Books/Poetry Wales PressLtd

ISBN: 9781854114266

Category: History

Page: 303

View: 6942

Encompassing a millennium of churches around Wales—from tiny St. Govan’s tucked in its cliff-face, through ruined Llanthony and other abbeys, to the magnificence of the cathedrals at Llandaff and St. David’s—this invaluable repository of history, art, architecture, spirituality, and people’s lives will appeal equally to the historian and the tourist. One of Britain’s great unheralded treasures, Welsh churches finally receive here the kind of complete coverage, in photographs and words, given to churches elsewhere in Britain.

Wales Illustrated in a Series of Views

Comprising the Picturesque Scenery, Towns, Castles, Seats of the Nobility & Gentry, Antiquities, &c. : Accompanied by Historical and Topographical Descriptions. South Wales illustrated in a series of views

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: 550

View: 9291

Princes of the Church

Bishops and Their Palaces

Author: David Rollason

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351859412

Category: Social Science

Page: 476

View: 6519

Princes of the Church brings together the latest research exploring the importance of bishops’ palaces for social and political history, landscape history, architectural history and archaeology. It is the first book-length study of such sites since Michael Thompson’s Medieval Bishops’ Houses (1998), and the first work ever to adopt such a wide-ranging approach to them in terms of themes and geographical and chronological range. Including contributions from the late Antique period through to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it deals with bishops’ residences in England, Scotland, Wales, the Byzantine Empire, France, and Italy. It is structured in three sections: design and function, which considers how bishops’ palaces and houses differed from the palaces and houses of secular magnates, in their layout, design, furnishings, and functions; landscape and urban context, which considers the relationship between bishops’ palaces and houses and their political and cultural context, the landscapes and towns or cities in which they were set, and the parks, forests, and towns that were planned and designed around them; and architectural form, which considers the extent of shared features between bishops’ palaces and houses, and their relationship to the houses of other Church potentates and to the houses of secular magnates.


Author: John Newman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300096309

Category: Architecture

Page: 680

View: 6939

Gwent/Monmouthshire provides an authoritative and enlightening survey of the area from prehistoric times to the present day. Major buildings include the magnificent medieval castles of Chepstow and Raglan, the evocative ruins of Tintern Abbey and Llanthony Priory and among the larger houses Tredegar House and The Hendre take pride of place. The legacy of Victorian industrial development and the heritage of chapels, churches, workmen's institutes and housing development are explored in this book, much of it for the first time. The significant contribution of post war architecture in Gwent/Monmouthsire is given full recognition. The gazetteer is complemented by an introduction which explains the broader context and builds a commplete picture of the county's architectural identity. Illustrated with over 140 photographs and numerous maps and plans, and with comprehensive indexes and an illustrated glossary, this is an invaluable reference work as well as a guide book.