Leeds Pevsner City Guide Susan Wrathmell

Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides
Publication date:
04 Aug 2005
Yale University Press
320 pages: 203 x 121mm
30 b-w + 140 color illus.
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Leeds has a rich commercial tradition and fine buildings to match. This absorbing book provides the first authoritative and detailed guide to that architecture. The city’s prosperity, founded on the wool trade, is reflected in the magnificent Jacobean church of St. John and elegant Georgian parades and squares with homes for wealthy merchants. Alongside them today stand proud warehouses and offices of the railway age in styles ranging from elegant neo-Grecian to Gothic and Moorish.

The civic pride of Victorian Leeds has as its crowning glory the grand Town Hall, testament to the talent of Cuthbert Brodrick, and along the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal are important industrial survivals including the Egyptian-style Temple Mills. Recent revivals include the city’s public spaces and famously ornate and opulent Edwardian shopping arcades. Beyond the city center lie the romantic ruins of Kirkstall Abbey and the mighty seventeenth-century mansion at Temple Newsam.

Susan Wrathmell is an independent architectural historian based in West Yorkshire.

?superb? ? Stephen McClarence, Yorkshire Post

?[A] timely and rewarding advance?richly illustrated with mostly colour photographs?thorough and well researched throughout? The attractive and accessible format of this book combined with its scope and extremely knowledgeable authorship should give it a very wide appeal, especially at this highly affordable price, and it deserves to find a place on the shelves of anyone with an interest in architecture who knows, or wants to know, the city.? - Stephen Haigh, Archaeological Journal

"Wrathmell and her contributors present this vital city through an attractive format. . . . The 160 illustrations . . . are excellent. . . . An invaluable resource for architectural historians and all serious students of English economic, social, and local history. Essential."?Choice