This comprehensive overview provides the first detailed account of the phenomenon of the Arts & Crafts church, examining more than 200 of the finest examples, mostly built between 1884 and 1918 in England, Scotland and Wales.
Arts & Crafts studies tend to focus on houses and furniture: churches were no longer central to architects’ practice. A handful of well-known churches have been written about extensively – WR Lethaby’s Brockhampton, John Dando Sedding’s Sloane Street, Philip Webb’s Brampton, Great Warley, Roker, Mackintosh’s Queen’s Cross. But these famous examples obscure the existence of scores of churches that express Arts & Crafts ideas every bit as vividly. And they are rarely set alongside each other, nor seen within the wider context of not only how they were built, but why: what was going on in society?
Beginning with an introductory section in which author Alec Hamilton sets out the social and political context in which these churches were designed and constructed; on the Arts & Crafts more generally; and on the architects’ and clients’ beliefs, this book is then divided into regional sections: West Country; the South of England; the South East; London; the Home Counties; the Marches; the West Midlands; the East Midlands; the East of England; the North West; Yorkshire; the North of England; Wales; Scotland. Each section is headed by a short essay highlighting key architects and descriptions of notable churches within each region.