The Somerset Medieval Church: Bells & Cockerels

The Somerset Medieval Church: Bells & Cockerels

I find myself increasingly noticing and enjoying the sound of church bells, whether it is the local bell ringers practicing, the time of day, or they are ringing out joyously for a wedding. The height of many church towers means that they can be heard across the...

A SELECTION OF WEST COUNTRY MEDIEVAL FONTS

A SELECTION OF WEST COUNTRY MEDIEVAL FONTS

Baptism is a key, and usually the initial, sacrament in the life of a Christian. Early Christians performed the rite with immersion in water. In the medieval Christian church, the process of infusion was practiced - the pouring of water on the head of the new member...

Quests in Architectural History: My First Literary Festival Talk

Quests in Architectural History: My First Literary Festival Talk

On the 25th May I am speaking for the first time at the Ilminster Literary Festival. This is the first time I will have spoken as a writer. Whilst I have produced no books, I do have this blog. And aren't bloggers writers? Well, it seems so. I am pleased to say that...

The 18th C Grand Tour in Rome: The Influence of the Triumphal Arch

The 18th C Grand Tour in Rome: The Influence of the Triumphal Arch

It is useful, I find, when examining civic architecture and the architecture of the English country house to remember the classical arch, of which there are key examples in Rome. The triumphal arch and the triumphal column were testament to the dominance of Rome's...

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Exploring Building History is a website and blog dedicated to establishing a resource of historical information related to the built heritage of England. The regular blog posts aim to provide the reader with a diversity of architectural history subjects. This could be a particular building, individual, monument, subject area, architectural element or historical source. Downloadable factsheets, produced on a regular basis, provide a snapshot of relevant historical data for building history study.