Fifty English Steeples

Fifty English Steeples

The Finest Medieval Parish Church Towers and Spires in England

  1. Julian Flannery
  • ISBN 9780500343142
  • 29.00 x 22.50 cm
  • Quarter bound/PLC (no jacket)
  • 496pp
  • Illustrated throughout
  • First published 2016

An outstanding illustrated study of the finest medieval parish church towers and spires in England

‘The church steeple is the glory of the English landscape. Over a thousand years it has evolved a grandeur and a beauty unrivalled in Europe. It is the icon of every parish. At last it has achieved its biographer’ – Simon Jenkins
'An astonishing and handsome book’– RIBA Journal
‘A magisterial survey’– Church Times
‘A distinctive, valuable and beautiful book on a surprisingly neglected subject’– History Today
‘No one who buys a copy of Fifty English Steeples is going to regret it … so beautiful, so artfully presented …  fascinating’– The Ringing World

With over 75 high-quality photographs and around 175 immaculate explanatory line drawings, this book will appeal to the many thousands who visit England’s parish churches and who find in them some of the greatest pleasures that buildings can offer.

Fifty English Steeples

An astonishing achievement following five years of detailed and original research, This book presents the first systematic survey of the fifty most important medieval parish church towers and spires in England, covering
a period of some 500 years.

The introduction provides an overview of the technological and aesthetic development of towers and spires, and examines the evolution of their major architectural elements. The process of medieval steeple construction is also explored.

The main part of the book is devoted to a richly illustrated survey of the fifty most important medieval steeples in England, from renowned Saxon churches such as Earls Barton in Northamptonshire, to those of almost cathedral-like proportions such as Salle in Norfolk or Chipping Campden in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Julian Flannery, a qualified architect, worked for two of the best-known architectural practices, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners and Future Systems, before founding his own practice, Flannery & de la Pole, in 2004. The detailed study of historic buildings, from Hampton Court Palace after the major fire in 1986 to England’s finest medieval parish churches, has been a lifelong passion.