Traditional Buildings of the English Countryside
An Illustrated Guide
by Geoffrey R. Sharpe
Wander the paths and tracks of this crowded country for any length of time and you will stumble across buildings built for a multitude of purpose. This book is for anyone that has questions as to purpose and the lovely regional variations in building materials and styles. I include below just a handful of photographs that I have taken where this book proved useful to me in providing just a little more information to sate my curiosity.
My copy of this book has lost its dust jacket at some point. In its 228 pages, the author can only briefly cover a wide variety of buildings, but he has done a fine job in their selection. You can get a good idea on purpose, materials and the ‘why’ of most building types encountered on the trail in England, but not Scotland, so no Brochs!
My colour photographs can be seen in this blog, that is the about the only complaint I can level at this volume- it would have benefited from colour images, the photographs amongst the 131 illustrations could also have done with being sharper.
Books from my shelves:
Traditional Buildings of the English Countryside, an Illustrated Guide. Geoffrey R. Sharpe. I.B.Taurus. 2011. ISBN 978 84885 6141