British Architect Volume 46

British Architect Volume 46

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...was founded by Alexander I., and here Bower wrote his continuation of Fordoun's Scoti-Chronicon. The most peculiar feature of Inchcolm is the architectural evidence that the nave and tower of the church had, probably in pre-Reformation times, been converted into a dwelling-house, the church services having been confined to the unusually long choir. The chapter-house, which, architecturally, is very rich and well-preserved, and a peculiarly fine specimen of early 13th century work, was greatly admired. Regret, however, was generally expressed that here and throughout the monastic buildings a little more care was not taken to preserve what is almost a unique example of a mediaeval monastery, the leading features of the building being still in a tolerably complete state of preservation. The ruined church of St. Fillan's, the old Parish Church, was then visited. This church is a fine specimen of the Norman type, with square chancel to which has been added at a later time a nave aisle only to the south. The mason work is still in a comparatively perfect condition, and as the building only lacks the roof it was hoped that local interest might be sufficiently aroused to have it restored, a work which could be carried out at comparatively little cost. The societies then left Aberdour for Dunfermline, where the members visited the abbey and palace, under the guidance of Mr. G. Robertson, custodian, who pointed out the features of greatest interest, indicating specially the proportions of the architecture of the nave and the many details which showed so close a resemblance to the work on Durham Cathedral. It was a pity, he remarked, to see such a magnificent pile associated with work of the worst period of our ecclesiastical architecture, and it...show more

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  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 621g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829336
  • 9781236829337