Pevsner Architectural Guides

Simon Bradley, Nikolaus Pevsner

Pevsner Architectural Guides
Publicaton Date
October 2014
Standard Number
Yale University Press
800 pages

This is the essential companion to the architecture of Cambridgeshire, fully revised for the first time in sixty years and featuring superb new photography. Half of the book is devoted to the famous university city, with its astonishingly rich and varied inheritance of college buildings including striking post-war additions. A combination of boldness and innovation may be found at Ely Cathedral, one of the greatest achievements of English medieval design. By comparison, the rest of the county remains surprisingly little known. Its largely unspoiled landscapes vary from the northern flat fen country to the rolling chalk uplands of the south and east; its architecture encompasses rewarding village churches, distinctive vernacular building in timber, stone, and brick, the former monastic sites at Denny and Anglesey, and the magnificent aristocratic seat of Wimpole Hall.

About the authors

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    Joint Editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides, Yale University Press London

Reviews & Coverage

  • "For the future, trips out in Cambridge will be enhanced by Simon Bradley’s revision of the Pevsner Guide to Cambridgeshire. It was much in need of updating and Bradley manages it expertly, without destroying the sparky style of the original."

    - Mary Beard, The Guardian, 29 November 2014
  • "Simon Bradley has done a marvellous job in checking out the bits of the county that the great man missed, and leavening some of his prejudices, without losing the wit or the style. Don’t go to Cambridge without it."

    - Mary Beard TLS
  • "Pevsner’s original edition was published in 1954; this new edition is by Simon Bradley, who has carried out the brilliant revisions of Pevsner’s London volumes and several others. Bradley has both an all-seeing eye for buildings great and small and a gift for deft, concise writing and characterisation."

    - Marcus Binney The Times
  • "In Simon Bradley’s confident and scholarly revision, Pevsner is present and absent in just the right proportion: exactly what he would of have wanted. "

    - Ruth Scurr TLS