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Book Review: English Ruins

By Sandy Amazeen Jun 28, 2011, 19:38 GMT

Book Review: English Ruins

The English landscape is steeped in ruins. Markers of the nation\'s rich and often turbulent history, ruins represent not only the passing of time but also the constant presence of the past. In English Ruins, renowned architectural historian Jeremy Musson explores some of England\'s most evocative derelict and abandoned buildings, from churches, castles and forts to country houses, industrial works and even entire villages. Following a wide-ranging introduction examining the ...more

Englandís long history has resulted in a fascinating array of abandoned structures dotting the countryside and now, thanks to the expertise of photographer Paul Barker and historian Jeremy Musson, these buildings are accessible to the armchair traveler. A color-coded map next to the index allows readers to immediately identify what type of building and where each ruin is located. Evocative, forlorn, yet strangely noble, these pictures capture a sense of grandeur lost while sending the message that these places deserve to be protected and preserved for the appreciation of future generations. Each chapter starts with a historical overview of every site, its former owners, purpose and fate, a perfect accompaniment to the color photography. Even in their decrepit state these ruins, one with a lovely restored fountain of Perseus and Andromeda, evoke a sense of elegance lost and wonders to be discovered around the next corner. This book is a gem for anyone interested in history, architecture, travel or looking to sharpen their photographic eye.


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