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Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory A Short History of Their Foundation and a Description of Their Buildings   By: (1842-1907)

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In the book Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory, author Thomas Perkins takes readers on a captivating journey through the history and architectural marvels of two remarkable religious buildings. By delving into their foundations and providing descriptive accounts, Perkins offers a thorough exploration that will enthrall both architecture enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Perkins' meticulous attention to detail. He spares no effort in presenting a comprehensive history of Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory, starting with their humble beginnings and tracing their evolution throughout the years. Perkins skillfully weaves together historical facts, anecdotes, and personal observations to create a rich tapestry that captures the essence and significance of these revered structures.

Through his descriptions of the buildings themselves, Perkins brings these awe-inspiring structures to life off the page. His prose is infused with a genuine sense of wonder and admiration, allowing readers to visualize the intricate details and architectural flourishes that make Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory unique. As he takes readers on a virtual tour through these sacred spaces, Perkins' vivid descriptions evoke a sense of awe and reverence, effectively conveying the grandeur and spiritual depth embodied within these walls.

Moreover, Perkins' thorough research is evident in the book's content. He demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding these cathedrals, offering insights into their significance within the broader framework of British history. His inclusion of lesser-known facts and nuanced details grants readers a deeper appreciation for the roles these buildings played in shaping the religious and cultural landscape of their respective areas.

One minor critique of the book is that it occasionally delves into overly technical descriptions of architectural features. While this level of detail may appeal to architectural enthusiasts, it may prove overwhelming or redundant for readers less familiar with the subject matter. However, Perkins generally succeeds in striking a balance between technical aspects and broader historical narratives, ensuring the book remains accessible to a wide audience.

Overall, Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory is a captivating read that combines an engrossing historical account with vibrant descriptions of these architectural treasures. Thomas Perkins' meticulous research, eloquent prose, and genuine passion for the subject matter shine through, making this book an indispensable resource for those interested in English cathedrals, history, and architecture. Whether one is planning to visit these buildings in person or simply seeking to learn more about their captivating past, this book provides a comprehensive and enchanting exploration that will satisfy curious readers and leave them yearning for more.

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A Short History of Their Foundation and Description of Their Buildings


THE REV. THOMAS PERKINS M.A., F.R.A.S. Rector of Turnworth, Dorset

With Illustrations from Photographs by the Author


London George Bell & Sons 1902 First Edition 1899 Second Edition, Revised, 1902


When writing the chapters of the present volume which treat of Wimborne Minster, the author consulted the last edition of Hutchins' "History of Dorset," which contains a considerable amount of somewhat ill arranged information on the subject, verifying all the descriptions by actual examination of the building; similarly, when preparing the part of this volume dealing with Christchurch Priory, he made some use of "The Memorials of Christchurch Twynham," written originally by the Rev. Mackenzie Walcott, F.S.A., and revised after his death in 1880 by Mr B. Edmund Ferrey, F.S.A. He also consulted papers on the subject that have appeared from time to time in various periodicals and MSS. that were kindly placed at his disposal by the Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

He desires to express his thanks to the Vicars of the two churches for permission to thoroughly examine every part of the buildings, and to photograph them without let or hindrance; he also wishes to bear testimony to the readiness shown by the clerks and vergers in imparting local information and in facilitating his photographic work... Continue reading book >>

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