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Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral Formerly the Collegiate Church of St. Saviour, Otherwise St. Mary Overie. A Short History and Description of the Fabric, with Some Account of the College and the See   By:

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George Worley's book, Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral Formerly the Collegiate Church of St. Saviour, Otherwise St. Mary Overie, is a comprehensive history and description of one of England's hidden gems of architectural and religious significance. With meticulous attention to detail, Worley takes readers on a fascinating journey through the rich history and intricate beauty of Southwark Cathedral.

The book begins by providing readers with a brief overview of the cathedral's origins, tracing its roots back to the 6th century. Worley effortlessly weaves together historical facts, legends, and personal anecdotes, creating a vivid tapestry of the cathedral's evolving identity and cultural significance. From its humble beginnings as a small monastery to its transformation into a grand collegiate church, readers are taken on a captivating journey through time.

What sets Worley's book apart is his ability to breathe life into the cathedral's storied past. Through his evocative descriptions, readers can almost feel the walls of the cathedral talking and witness the various historical events that took place within its hallowed halls. Worley's passion for the subject matter shines through his words, making for an engaging and immersive reading experience.

In addition to its historical significance, Worley delves into the architectural marvels of Southwark Cathedral. The detailed descriptions of the various architectural styles, decorative elements, and notable features offer readers a comprehensive understanding of the cathedral's structural beauty. Moreover, Worley's inclusion of original illustrations and photographs further enhances the reader's visual experience, allowing them to truly appreciate the intricate craftsmanship that went into creating this magnificent edifice.

While the book primarily focuses on the cathedral itself, Worley also sheds light on the associated college and the religious significance of the site. His exploration of the daily lives of the clergy and the religious practices of the time provides valuable insights into the spiritual and cultural significance of the cathedral within its historical context.

One minor drawback of Worley's book is its dense and scholarly tone at times. While this may deter some casual readers, those with a genuine interest in architectural history and religious studies will find this aspect to be a strength. Worley's extensive research and attention to detail ensure that no stone is left unturned, making it a valuable resource for students and scholars of these disciplines.

In conclusion, Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral Formerly the Collegiate Church of St. Saviour, Otherwise St. Mary Overie is a must-read for anyone passionate about history, architecture, or religion. George Worley's passion for the subject matter and his meticulous research make for an informative and engaging book that will leave readers with a newfound appreciation for the rich history and architectural brilliance of Southwark Cathedral.

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SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL

Formerly the Collegiate Church of St. Saviour, Otherwise St. Mary Overie

A Short History and Description of the Fabric, with Some Account of the College and the See

by

GEORGE WORLEY

With XXXVI Illustrations

[Illustration: Photo. Photochrom Co. SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL FROM THE EAST.]

[Illustration]

London George Bell & Sons 1905

Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co. Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.

PREFACE

The numerous authorities, ancient and modern, which I have been obliged to draw upon, are acknowledged, where necessary, in the text.

Those who wish to pursue the study of St. Saviour's Cathedral in greater detail and completeness than is here possible, must be referred to some of the larger works to which I have had recourse; e.g. , those by Moss and Nightingale (1817 1818), F.T. Dollman (1881), and the Rev. Dr. Thompson (1904). The Surrey Archaeological Society's "Collections" are also to be recommended for the valuable subsidiary matter they contain, in the shape of original documents, selected and carefully edited from sources not easily accessible to the public.

For facts not elsewhere recorded I am under special obligations to Sir Arthur Blomfield and Sons, architects for the restoration, who have not only afforded most useful information, and given access to drawings, which they alone possessed, but have been good enough to draw up the plan, showing the most recent work at the Cathedral, expressly for this volume... Continue reading book >>




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