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Stenlake Publishing - 1000 Years of Scottish Churches: Late nineteenth century and early twentieth century churches, 1878 to the First World War


1000 Years of Scottish Churches: Late nineteenth century and early twentieth century churches, 1878 to the First World War



Author : John R Hume
ISBN : 9781840338157
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.

The fifth volume in this series of six is the third to deal with the nineteenth century and then deals with the Edwardian period and the early years of George V’s reign. This was a time of increasing industrialisation and prosperity when the introduction of horse-trams then electric trams enabled cities and large towns to grow quickly. This urbanisation allowed the Roman Catholic and Free churches especially to embark on large programmes of church-building. Gothic Revival and Classical designs remained dominant bet there was also a revival of Romanesque design. This period also saw the construction of pre-fabricated wooden or corrugated iron churches with one of these, Dalswinton Church of Scotland, illustrated in the book. Church design also saw the arrival of so-called Art Nouveau, with churches by James Salmon the younger, James Gaff Gillespie, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

1000 Years of Scottish Churches: Late nineteenth century and early twentieth century churches, 1878 to the First World War
£10.95
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