Kent: West and the Weald, Second edition

The Buildings of England

John Newman

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March 11, 1980
688 pages, x
ISBN: 9780300096149

This volume covers buildings as different as the modernist suburb of New Ash Green and the ragstone sobriety of Knole, originally the Archbishop's palace and little altered since its seventeenth-century remodelling. West Kent has notable domestic buildings of all periods, from the timber-framed 'Wealden' house to the Palladian masterpiece of Mereworth Castle and Philip Webb's Red House built for William Morris, the Arts-&-Crafts house par excellence. The Norman castle and cathedral at Rochester make an unforgettable pairing, while Hildenborough church is but one of many delights in an area unusually rich in Victorian church architecture. The elegant townscape of Tunbridge Wells and the Georgian dockyards at Chatham further demonstrate the breadth of building to be found in this area.

John Newman first became involved in The Buildings of England as Nikolaus Pevsner's driver, in Berkshire and Hampshire, and as the co-author of Dorset. Besides the Kentish volumes, he has contributed Glamorgan and Gwent/Monmouthshire to the Buildings of Wales series, and is author of the revised Shropshire volume (2006).

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