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Bell's Cathedrals: The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield A Short History of the Foundation and a Description of the Fabric and also of the Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Less   By:

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In "Bell's Cathedrals: The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield: A Short History of the Foundation and a Description of the Fabric and also of the Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Less," George Worley adeptly explores the captivating history and the stunning architectural marvels of these two significant churches.

Worley begins with a concise yet informative history of the Priory Church, which dates back to the 12th century. He delves into the fascinating details surrounding its foundation and growth, highlighting the influence of various historical figures and events. This comprehensive overview successfully places the reader in the context of the Priory Church's significance within British history.

The author's passion for architecture shines through in his vivid descriptions of the fabric of both churches. From the grandiose arches and meticulously crafted stonework to the intricate stained glass windows, Worley's attention to detail is commendable. He effortlessly brings the reader into the midst of these architectural wonders, making us feel as if we are walking through the hallowed halls ourselves.

One of the strengths of this book is how it seamlessly intertwines historical information with architectural analysis. Worley draws connections between the construction techniques used and the cultural and societal contexts in which these churches were built. This provides valuable insights into the evolution of architectural styles and the impact of religious beliefs on the design and layout of these sacred spaces.

Furthermore, the inclusion of photographs and illustrations greatly enhances the reading experience. These visual aids allow readers to fully appreciate the architectural beauty and intricate craftsmanship that the author diligently describes. The use of images also serves as a helpful reference while following along with the book's detailed explanations.

Despite the abundance of information, Worley's writing remains accessible and engaging throughout. His prose is clear and concise, making complex historical and architectural concepts easily understandable for readers with varying levels of expertise. This ensures that this book will appeal to both scholars and enthusiasts alike.

While the book primarily focuses on the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, the inclusion of a section dedicated to St. Bartholomew-the-Less adds another layer of richness to the narrative. Worley's exploration of the similarities and differences between the two churches further deepens our understanding of their historical and architectural significance.

"Bell's Cathedrals: The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield" is a compelling read that seamlessly combines historical context, architectural analysis, and visual imagery. George Worley's expertise and passion shine through in this informative and visually stunning portrayal of two remarkable churches. Whether one is a history buff, an architectural enthusiast, or simply curious about these ancient spaces, this book offers a captivating journey through centuries of British heritage.

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[Illustration: THE INTERIOR FROM THE ORGAN GALLERY. E. Scamell. Photo. ]

THE PRIORY CHURCH OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE GREAT, SMITHFIELD

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE FABRIC AND ALSO OF THE CHURCH OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE LESS

BY GEORGE WORLEY

AUTHOR OF "SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL," "THE TEMPLE CHURCH," ETC.

WITH XLII [Illustration] ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON GEORGE BELL AND SONS 1908

CHISWICK PRESS: CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND CO. TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE, LONDON.

PREFACE

In gathering material for this handbook I have received valuable help from several friends, whose kindness calls for grateful recognition. My thanks are due, in the first place, to the Rev. W. F. G. Sandwith, Rector of St. Bartholomew the Great, and the lay custodians of the church, for the facilities which have allowed me to examine the building in all its parts, and for the readiness with which they have given information, not accessible elsewhere, on various points of its history and architecture. In this matter, besides more personal obligations, I feel that I owe much, in common with many others, to Mr... Continue reading book >>




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