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Lost Victorian Britain By Gavin Stamp

Lost Victorian Britain by Gavin Stamp

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This poignant book, full of stunning images, chronicles the catastrophic swathe cut through our architectural heritage by the twentieth century' s sustained antipathy to the nineteenth, entirely through buildings that have disappeared.

Lost Victorian Britain Summary

Lost Victorian Britain: How the Twentieth Century Destroyed the Nineteenth CenturyaEURO (TM)s Architectural Masterpieces by Gavin Stamp

These days it seems obvious that stupendous constructions like St Pancras Station should be preserved and restored. But as recently as the 1970s Glasgow' s superb St Enoch' s Hotel made way for a shopping centre, and in the 1960s St Pancras itself was also earmarked for demolition. ' Victorian' was a term of abuse. Add in wartime bombing by the Luftwaffe, and town planners eager for ring roads and multi-storeys, and the destruction is shocking.

This poignant, angry book, full of stunning images, chronicles the catastrophic swathe cut through our architectural heritage by the twentieth century' s sustained antipathy to the nineteenth, entirely through buildings that have disappeared. Of the 200 notable examples of Victorian architecture illustrated in this book, from the magnificent Imperial Institute in Kensington to the vast country house of Eaton Hall, not one still exists. A photograph is all we have left.

As well as architectural causes ce le bres like the Euston Arch and London' s Coal Exchange, Gavin Stamp turns up many lesser-known Victorian buildings, like the extraordinary Gothic battlements of Columbia Market in East London, or Chatsworth' s soaring glasshouse streamlined like a spaceship. Surprising, chastening, but also uplifting, Lost Victorian Britain is a memorable journey back into a world we should never have lost.

Lost Victorian Britain Reviews

'Gavin Stamp, one of our most distinguished architectural historians, has done a depressing but important public service in cataloguing this odious chapter of destruction.' The Telegraph 'Gavin Stamp's Lost Victorian Britain contains many pictures of the fine architecture that a postwar generation delighted in destroying. In a brilliant essay, Stamp blames aesthetic snobbery and a frenzy of self-hatred.' -- Ian Jack The Guardian 'This is an important book. ...It is well written, full of passion and illustrations of all the lost buildings.' Books Choice, Oxford Times 'This look at the Victorian buildings destroyed in the 20th century makes for heartbreaking reading' The Sunday Times '...a poignant, well informed book that depressed and delights in equal measure.' Manchester Evening News 'A photographic account of the Victorian buildings demolished in 20th-century reforms makes for moving reading' -- Simon Jenkins Culture, The Sunday Times '...a powerful and compelling indictment of the destruction of numerous magnificent Victorian buildings' -- Marcus Binney The Times 'an excellent book' Literary Review * 'A forceful and passionate reclamation of an era so long regarded as unfashionable.' Sunday Herald

About Gavin Stamp

Gavin Stamp is an architectural historian and writer, who for many years was chairman of the Twentieth Century Society. His other books include Lost Victorian Britain, Britain's Lost Cities and Edwin Lutyens Country Houses (all published by Aurum), as well as The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme and The Changing Metropolis: Earliest Photographs of London 1839 - 1879.

Additional information

GOR004271519
9781845135324
1845135326
Lost Victorian Britain: How the Twentieth Century Destroyed the Nineteenth CenturyaEURO (TM)s Architectural Masterpieces by Gavin Stamp
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Aurum Press
2010-10-25
192
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