James Bettley and Nikolaus Pevsner

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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 news 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 formed light, human history in all its beauty and confusion." - The Guardian

"As with other volumes in this superb series, there are maps, drawings, and a good further reading section, along with a glossary and indexes of people and places. An indispensable resource for historians of English architecture. Highly recommended."—Choice

'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

    “The book Essex by James Bettley offers an insight into the range of architectural styles and important buildings that exist in this ancient and vast country; influenced in equal measure by its strong links with East Anglia; its associations with the European mainland through Holland and Belgium, and last, but not least, its close ties with London via the Thames river.”


Featured in the Basildon Echo, Southend Echo & Colchester Gazette, 17th July 2013

ISBN: 9780300116144
Publication Date: August 2, 2007
960 pages, 4 3/4 x 8 1/2
c. 120 color illus.
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