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Lost Victorian Britain free pdf These days it seems obvious that stupendous constructions like St Pancras Station should be preserved and restored. But as recently as the 1970s Glasgow's superb St Enoch's Hotel made way for a shopping centre, and in the 1960s St Pancras itself was also earmarked for demolition. 'Victorian' was a term of abuse. Add in wartime bombing by the Luftwaffe, and town planners eager for ring roads and multi-storeys, and the destruction is shocking. This poignant, angry book, full of stunning images, chronicles the catastrophic swathe cut through our architectural heritage by the twentieth century's sustained antipathy to the nineteenth, entirely through buildings that have disappeared. Of the 200 notable examples of Victorian architecture illustrated in this book, from the magnificent Imperial Institute in Kensington to the vast country house of Eaton Hall, not one still exists. A photograph is all we have left. As well as architectural causes celebres like the Euston Arch and London's Coal Exchange, Gavin Stamp turns up many lesser-known Victorian buildings, like the extraordinary Gothic battlements of Columbia Market in East London, or Chatsworth's soaring glasshouse streamlined like a spaceship. Surprising, chastening, but also uplifting, Lost Victorian Britain is a memorable journey back into a world we should never have lost.

About Gavin Stamp

GAVIN STAMP's other books for Aurum are Britain's Lost Cities and Edwin Lutyens Country Houses. He lives in London.

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Author : Gavin Stamp
Publisher : Aurum Press Ltd
Data Published : 10 October 2013
ISBN : 1781310181
EAN : 9781781310182
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 192 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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