Hertfordshire James Bettley, Nikolaus Pevsner, Bridget Cherry

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
26 Mar 2019
Yale University Press
804 pages: 216 x 114mm
120 color + 80 b-w illus.
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This fully revised and up-to-date guide to the architecture of Hertfordshire is an eye-opening introduction to the wealth of fine buildings that can be found right on London’s doorstep. Hertfordshire is one of the smallest English counties, largely rural in character. Its buildings range from remains of the Roman city of Verulamium to the medieval abbey at St. Albans and the 17th-century Hatfield House. Numerous timber-framed buildings and Georgian houses are found in the small towns whose preservation was aided by the early 20th-century creation of the Garden Cities at Letchworth and Welwyn, as well as Stevenage New Town, built after the Second World War. Pretty villages set in the county’s rolling farmland feature churches that have towers crowned with spires known as Hertfordshire spikes, while commuter suburbs are rich in housing from homely Arts and Crafts to radical Modernism. With expanded entries and new color photography, this is an essential work of reference for visitors and residents alike.

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Click here to read James Bettley's introduction to the "quirky and delightful" architectural surprises of Hertfordshire on the Yale Books Blog.

James Bettley is author of the revised guides to Suffolk and Essex in the Pevsner series.

 “Scholarship, observation and thoroughness come across on each page [. . .] This is another tribute to Pevsner’s ‘Buildings of England’ series, which is now nearing the end of its task of updating the earlier editions. It’s hard to over-praise them. They make looking at England ever more rewarding, for resident and visitor alike.” —Roger Bowdler, Country Life

“A Pevsner guide remains an indispensable way to discover those gems, providing as it does clarity and enlightenment at some of the most fascinating, complex and potentially confusing sites”—The Library

“[An] excellent new edition”—Christopher Woodward, The Victorian

“[. . .] Hertfordshire had to be a special volume, and it is good to report that Bettley has risen to the challenge, as Bridget Cherry did before him” — Elain Harwood, C20

“[A] joy to use, not just for information it packs in, but for its clarity of presentation, including town maps, attractive historic engravings throughout the text, and brilliant indexes by Judith Waldman.”—Robert Thorne, Ancient Monuments Society 

“James Bettley […] has done an admirable job of updating the Hertfordshire volume. His work brings an already invaluable resource up to date and ensures that this edition gives due consideration to the many and varied buildings of one of England’s smallest counties.” – Katie Carmichael, Vernacular Architecture