Essex James Bettley, Nikolaus Pevsner

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England
Publication date:
24 May 2007
Yale University Press
960 pages: 216 x 121mm
c. 120 color illus.
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Essex, one the largest counties of England, stretches from the suburban fringes of East London to the fishing and sailing ports of Harwich and Maldon and the famous seaside resorts of Clacton, Frinton, and Southend. Its buildings encompass rich Roman survivals, powerful Norman architecture, and the remains of major Tudor and Jacobean country houses. Essex is first and foremost a county famed for its timber buildings, from the eleventh-century church at Greensted to the early and mighty barns at Cressing Temple, and a wealth of timber-framed medieval houses. Later periods have also made their contribution, from Georgian town houses to Victorian and Edwardian industrial and civic buildings, and from important exemplars of early Modern Movement architecture to the major monument of High Tech at Stansted Airport.

James Bettley is an architectural historian living in Essex.

'A book of this quality - which does not merely confirm the standards of the series, but sets new ones - should make people rediscover Essex.' - Simon Heffer, Literary Review

'Essex is an ancient and important county, which deserves to be better understood, and there can be no better place to start than Dr. Bettley's new Essex volume, another monument to the glorious Pevsner tradition.' -Jeremy Musson, Country Life

' read a Pevsner guide is to discover familiar places in a newly informed light, human history in all its beauty and confusion.' --The Guardian

'If you own a copy of the 1954 Essex volume, keep it, for it is Pevsner at his best -- but to know the county as it stands today go out and buy this latest edition: it simply cannot be beaten.' - James Boutwood, Cornerstone

'James Bettley, editor for the revised Essex volume of the Buildings of England, is the right man to give proper weight to Victorian building activities in the county.' - Gillian Darley, The Victorian

'We should be grateful to Dr Bettley and Yale for continuing and expanding Pevsner's outstanding legacy.' Andrew Derrick, Ecclesiology Today

'This new volume is the result of many years' hard work and has improved the 1956 publication considerably. It should do much to correct our views of this often ignored and under-valued county.' Contemporary Review