English Thatched ChurchesPaperback
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- Publisher: ROBERT HALE LTD
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 230mm x 25mm | 568g
- Publication date: 30 November 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0709089074
- ISBN 13: 9780709089070
- Illustrations note: 166 colour and 6 line drawings
- Sales rank: 1,375,025
This remarkable guide is devoted to the picturesque thatched churches in the English countryside. This invaluable and unique reference tool presents the churches county-by-county and is enhanced with a delightful host of colour photographs of the churches and their interiors. In addition to the artistry of the thatched roofs, the interiors reveal a host of treasures such as fourteenth-century wall paintings, intricate stone carvings by Norman masons, ornate wood carvings, rood screens and the skill of the stained glass window designers. The churches also give an insight into the history of England, as most consist of an architectural mix of various centuries.
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Michael Billett was born in Dorchester and has lived with his wife and two daughters in London and many parts of Dorset, including a restored eighteenth-century thatched cottage. A Doctor of Philosophy, he has written several books on countryside matters, including The Complete Guide to Living with Thatch, Thatching and Thatched Buildings, Thatched Buildings of Dorset and A History of English Country Sports, all published by Hale.