A History of Architecture in London: Arranged to Illustrate the Course of Architecture in England until 1800

A History of Architecture in London: Arranged to Illustrate the Course of Architecture in England until 1800

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A History of Architecture in London: Arranged to Illustrate the Course of Architecture in England until 1800

A History of Architecture in London: Arranged to Illustrate the Course of Architecture in England until 1800

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I have been asked to write a few words by way of preface to Mr Godfrey's interesting architectural study. His Object, as I understand it, is twofold. He begins by dealing concisely with the genesis and development of European architecture. This prepares the reader's mind for the more important and original part of the book, namely an historical account of London architecture illustrated by examples still in existence, a few of them being taken from what may be called the outer fringe of our great capital. It appears to me that this subject has not hitherto been systematically dealt with its a whole, and that it is well worthy of such treatment.

Although remarkable Roman remains have again and again been unearthed within the London area, there is nothing of Roman time above ground which can be called architectural, and the Saxons and Danes were not great builders. But beginning with the Norman Conquest--perhaps from the reign of Edward the Confessor onwards--the student, armed with this book, can, at a small expense of time and trouble, study by actual examples the gradual development of what is to all intents and purposes our native work, the . . .

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