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Stenlake Publishing - 1000 Years of Scottish Churches: Mid nineteenth century churches: the Disruption to the Restoration of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, 1843 to 1878


1000 Years of Scottish Churches: Mid nineteenth century churches: the Disruption to the Restoration of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, 1843 to 1878



Author : John R Hume
ISBN : 9781840338140
Cover : paperback
Price : £10.95

The author is former Chief Inspector of Historic Buildings at Historic Scotland, academic and author of many books on Scottish architecture and industrial history published over the last decade. Furthermore, he was and is a photographer par excellence and he has been recording buildings and structures and industrial archaeology since the 1960s. This series of six volumes using his own photographs, in black and white and in colour, evolved from a lecture given in 2014 for the Scotland’s Churches Trust. Apart from ‘a handful’ that ‘ought to be here’ this is a personal selection of churches that the author describes as having ‘a particular meaning to me’ and as a ‘love-letter to the Church Universal’. Of course these words are deceptive in the nicest possible way as the author is possibly the most humble expert extant. These books do so much more than he implies and are arranged chronologically and by epoch. The six books combined comprise of 576 photographs in total.

This is the fourth volume in this series of six and is the second to deal with the very busy nineteenth century. The period in question saw the introduction of the Penny Post, the feverish building of railways interlinked with steamboat routes and the introduction of a national network of telegraphy. The author notes that ‘All of these speeded up the transfer of ideas, as well as news, and allowed people to move around the country on an unprecedented scale.’ Mechanisation of stone-working, brick-making and woodworking, the increased availability of imported timber and glass, and improvements in iron and steel production and iron-founding made the construction of churches less expensive. And the three Presbyterian denominations were also competing with each other for members and esteem! Gothic Revival was the preferred style but Classical churches were built also. As with the other volumes in the series each photograph is carefully captioned with two or three sentences of background information of where the church is located, when it was built, the name of the architect, and other salient information.

1000 Years of Scottish Churches: Mid nineteenth century churches: the Disruption to the Restoration of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, 1843 to 1878
£10.95
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