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Lost Victorian Britain: How the Twentieth Century Destroyed the Nineteenth Century's Architectural Masterpieces

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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 Britain’s 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 célèbres 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 that should never have been lost.

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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.

About the Author

Gavin Stamp’s other books for Aurum are Britain’s Lost Cities and Edwin Lutyens Country Houses. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781781310182
Author:
Stamp, Gavin, Etc
Publisher:
Aurum Press Ltd
Author:
Stamp, Gavin
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
color illustrations throughout
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
11.2 x 8.5 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » General
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Historic Preservation » General
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » General
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Regional
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » Nature and Landscape
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
Transportation » Railroads » General

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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.

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