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The new Pevsner Guide to the Buildings of Nottinghamshire, book launch with Clare Hartwell

Author Clare Hartwell and local historian David Stewart will be in conversation about places you know and don’t know in the County.

Nottinghamshire was singled out by Pevsner as one of the first three counties covered by the series. His account was updated by Elizabeth Williamson in a revised edition of 1979. Clare Hartwell’s greatly expanded successor volume will in turn become the standard companion to the county’s buildings, and an essential reference work.

The book is a richly illustrated exploration of the architecture of one of England’s hidden gems—Nottinghamshire. It offers an enlightening introduction to the memorable and surprising buildings of one of England’s least-known counties. Nottinghamshire features the exquisite medieval churches of Newark, Worksop Priory, and Southwell Minster. Country houses offer a fascinating range of architectural styles: Wollaton Hall shows Elizabethan architecture at its most fantastic, and Bunny Hall demonstrates the English Baroque at its most bizarre. Newstead Abbey, home of the poet Lord Byron, incorporates the haunting monastic ruins from a former Augustinian abbey. The city of Nottingham teems with Victorian and Edwardian commercial buildings, and is enlivened by a local tradition of first-rate Modernist architecture. With new colour photography, maps, and illustrations, this volume is the ideal guide to one of England’s most fascinating counties.

After completing an MA in architectural history at Manchester University, Clare worked on a variety of projects in the North West, becoming involved in revising the Pevsner Architectural Guides in 2000. Work started on the Nottinghamshire Pevsner volume in 2016. Clare now lives in Derbyshire and cannot resist going in to any church she finds open.

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In association with Yale University Press