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Architectural Britain

From 1066 to the Present Day

Hubert J. Pragnell

National Trust


ISBN: 9781905400492

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 28 June 2007

Category: Architecture

Revised, updated and expanded in size, this book presents a broad outline of the development of architectural styles and movements in Britain. Designed to encourage readers to explore, it provides the context needed to understand the place of a building in architectural history, with the author’s own drawings and atmospheric photographs from the National Trust illustrating important examples. Both a pocket guide and a compact history in very accessible language, this book will enable anyone interested in Britain’s built heritage to see it with new and more knowledgeable eyes.

The book covers the following styles: Norman Style, Transition to Gothic, Gothic Cathedral, Medieval Parish Church, Castle and Medieval Manor House, The Medieval House, Tudor Architecture, The Jacobean House, Inigo Jones, Seventeenth-century Mannerism, Sir Christopher Wren, Baroque Style, Palladian Movement, Advent of Town Planning, New Styles and New Materials, Gothic Survival and Revival, Victorian Gothic, From the Forth Bridge to the Millennium Dome, and The early twenty-first century.


Hubert Pragnell is a historian and artist. He holds an MA from Kent and Ph.D from York. He also studied fine art at Goldsmith’s College London and the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford. He has written a number of books on British architecture and topographical art. He taught for many years at  The King’s School, Canterbury, and since 2003 as a tutor for the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. For many years he has had a particular interest in our industrial heritage which he has felt often neglected in favour of country mansions and parish churches. He lives in Canterbury, Kent.



"This pocket-sized volume is the primer you have been waiting for...above all, this little book is for the beginner to take to the streets. Armed with its basics, they may find enough architectural pleasure to last a lifetime." - Financial Times