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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon A Short History of the Church and a Description of Its Fabric   By: (1868-)

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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett provides readers with a delightful journey through the rich history and exquisite architecture of Ripon Cathedral. This book proves to be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in British cathedrals or medieval architecture.

Hallett expertly combines historical context with a detailed description of the church's fabric, offering readers a comprehensive understanding of Ripon Cathedral's significance and evolution over the years. From its humble beginnings as a monastery to becoming a thriving center of worship, the author takes us on a captivating journey through time.

The book's greatest strength lies in Hallett's ability to paint vivid images with words. The author's descriptive prowess makes every stone, stained glass window, and intricate carving come alive in the reader's mind. Through his meticulous attention to detail, Hallett creates a tapestry of imagery that allows the audience to truly appreciate and admire the architectural beauty of Ripon Cathedral.

One aspect that sets this book apart is the author's inclusion of historical anecdotes and personal stories. These anecdotes provide a human touch to an otherwise purely architectural exploration, making the narrative all the more engaging. It is through these stories that readers can fully grasp the importance of Ripon Cathedral both as a physical structure and as an enduring symbol of faith.

Hallett's writing style is accessible and engaging, making even the most intricate architectural details understandable to readers who may not possess specialized knowledge in the field. The book is well-structured, with chapters that flow seamlessly from one era to another, ensuring a smooth reading experience.

While the book primarily focuses on the history and architecture of the cathedral, it would have benefited from more illustrations or photographs to supplement the text. Visual aids would have allowed readers to fully appreciate the grandeur and intricacies of the cathedral's design. Nonetheless, Hallett's descriptions compensate for this lack, painting vivid mental pictures that still manage to captivate the imagination.

Overall, Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon is a remarkable book that immerses readers in the captivating world of Ripon Cathedral. Hallett's exceptional storytelling and keen eye for detail ensure an enjoyable and enlightening journey through the rich history and architectural wonders of this magnificent place of worship. It is a must-read for anyone intrigued by the beauty and grandeur of medieval cathedrals.

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A Short History of the Church & a Description of Its Fabric


CECIL HALLETT, B.A. Magdalen Coll., Oxford

With 53 Illustrations



London George Bell & Sons 1901


The original authorities for the history (both constitutional and architectural) of the Church of Ripon have been most ably edited for the Surtees Society by the Rev. Canon J. T. Fowler, F.S.A., in his Memorials of Ripon and The Ripon Chapter Acts ( Surtees Soc. , vols. 74, 78, 81, 64). These authorities range from the Saxon period to the times following the Reformation, but in the Introductions to vol. 81, and in the Rev. J. Ward's Fasti Riponienses , included in vol. 78, the story is virtually continued to our own day; while the aforesaid Introductions epitomise, in its constitutional and architectural aspects, the whole history of the church.

To these volumes and to their Editor, who most kindly consented to revise the proofs of this book, the present writer is very deeply indebted. He has also had recourse to an article by Sir G. Gilbert Scott, R.A., in vol. xxxi. of the Arch├Žological Journal ; to the same Author's Recollections ; to several articles on the Saxon Crypt, duly specified on pp... Continue reading book >>

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