The Lost Buildings of Britain

The Lost Buildings of Britain

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In LOST BUILDINGS OF BRITAIN leading historian Simon Thurley takes a journey into our nation's past and reveals the hidden narratives behind what we have lost from our historic landscape. Today they are ruins, destroyed by fire, neglect, war and even progress. But once they were places of great importance and beauty. Sifting through the remains, Thurley paints a fascinating portrait of how our ancestors once lived and worked. LOST BUILDINGS OF BRITAIN is accompanied by a six-part television series on Channel 4. The six buildings are: Glastonbury Abbey, the Palace of Whitehall, Nottingham Castle, Millbank Penitentiary, Fonthill Abbey and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.show more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 26mm | 580.61g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • VIKING
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0670915211
  • 9780670915217

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Simon Thurley is a world authority on the royal palaces of the Tudor and Stuart kings. From 1990 1997, he was curator of the Historic Royal Palaces. In 1998 he was made director of the Museum of London. Since 2002 he has been Chief Executive of English Heritage.show more

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Many of the most remarkable buildings in Britain have been lost to us through neglect, fire, demolition and war. In some cases the buildings were inextricably linked with our national history and heritage, and here Simon Thurley picks out six that epitomise past glories. Using contemporary accounts, documents and illustrations, he takes us back to the heydays of Glastonbury Abbey, the Palace of Whitehall, Nottingham Castle, Millbank Penitentiary, Fonthill Abbey, and the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. Each has a fascinating past extending from the folly that was Fonthill to the grandeur that was the Theatre Royal. We also learn how the Palace of Whitehall, once the largest building in Britain, played such an important part in the fall of James II - and why its role has largely been forgotten. Thurley's book accompanies a six-part Channel 4 series and makes fascinating, beautifully-illustrated reading on its own account. (Kirkus UK)show more

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