English Medieval Church Towers: The Diocese of Oxford

W.E. David Ryan, Philip Howard


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Ryan & Howard Press
20 September 2022
ISBN: 9781399931984
130 pages

From the publisher

In these beautiful watercolour illustrations, David Ryan, with the eye and training of an architect, has captured the rich variety of form, architectural styles, features and colours of 221 English medieval church towers across the Diocese of Oxford which spans the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The paintings allow the untrained and expert observer alike to appreciate how the ecclesiastical architecture of these ever present buildings, dotted across the English landscape, evolved from crude beginnings before 1066 to the glorious heights of the English Perpendicular of Henry VIII’s Reformation.

With a comprehensive glossary of architectural terms, illustrating figures, descriptions of each tower and complete references, this book will be of interest to locals, visitors and all those interested in studying medieval church architecture and the Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Gothic styles.