Simon Bradley and Nikolaus Pevsner

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This is the essential companion to the architecture of Cambridgeshire, fully revised for the first time in sixty years and featuring superb new photography. Half of the book is devoted to the famous university city, with its astonishingly rich and varied inheritance of college buildings including striking post-war additions. A combination of boldness and innovation may be found at Ely Cathedral, one of the greatest achievements of English medieval design. By comparison, the rest of the county remains surprisingly little known. Its largely unspoiled landscapes vary from the northern flat fen country to the rolling chalk uplands of the south and east; its architecture encompasses rewarding village churches, distinctive vernacular building in timber, stone, and brick, the former monastic sites at Denny and Anglesey, and the magnificent aristocratic seat of Wimpole Hall.
Simon Bradley is joint editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides. 

'For the future, trips out in Cambridge will be enhanced by Simon Bradley’s revision of the Pevsner Guide to Cambridgeshire. It was much in need of updating and Bradley manages it expertly, without destroying the sparky style of the original.'—Mary Beard, The Guardian

'Simon Bradley has done a marvellous job in checking out the bits of the county that the great man missed, and leavening some of his prejudices, without losing the wit or the style. Don’t go to Cambridge without it.’—Mary Beard, TLS

‘This magisterial and scholarly inventory of the county’s buildings will unquestionably entice readers to look at Cambridge and Ely with fresh eyes; but it is no less valuable for the way in which it opens all the rest of the county, and reveals treasures that the great institutions of university and cathedral otherwise overshadow.’—Simon Heffer, The Spectator

‘Pevsner’s original edition was published in 1954; this new edition is by Simon Bradley, who has carried out the brilliant revisions of Pevsner’s London volumes and several others. Bradley has both an all-seeing eye for buildings great and small and a gift for deft, concise writing and characterisation.’—Marcus Binney, The Times.

‘The new edition of Cambridgeshire, revised by Simon Bradley, is particularly valuable, covering as it does the college architecture of Cambridge, including such wonders as King’s College Chapel, as well as the most strange and marvellous of English cathedrals at Ely.’—Gavin Stamp, Country Life.

‘In Simon Bradley’s confident and scholarly revision, Pevsner is present and absent in just the right proportion: exactly what he would of have wanted.’—Ruth Scurr, TLS.

‘Bradley’s prose is always inviting and elegant, and occasionally (in his descriptions of new buildings) reaches great crescendos… Bradley’s Cambridgeshire ranks as one of the most distinguished.’—Richard J. Butler, Victorian Society.

“With greater breadth and depth, exemplary colour photography, more plans, a valuable bibliography and a prose style entirely worthy of its distinguished forebear, this volume is consistently impressive. “—Adam Menuge, Landscape History

“The result is a tone of cool, considered judgement.”—Michael Hall, Burlington
ISBN: 9780300205961
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
800 pages, 4 3/4 x 8 1/2
120 color + 80 b/w illus.
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