The English Baroque Plasterwork Garland

The English Baroque Plasterwork Garland

Baroque architecture developed in Italy in the early-17th C and appeared in England during the 1660s. The Baroque garland was a motif that appeared as part of a scheme in English plasterwork. This post looks at three examples of plasterwork garlands in Baroque...
Funeral Hatchments at Crowcombe Church

Funeral Hatchments at Crowcombe Church

I recently visited the Holy Ghost Parish Church at Crowcombe in The Quantock Hills, Somerset. The Carew Chapel contains some fine hatchments. Besides church architecture the fixtures and fixings provide us with clues to social history. Human social history evolves and...
Devon Marble – Petitor Quarries and Beyond

Devon Marble – Petitor Quarries and Beyond

The main photo for this post is the beautiful marble-tiled paving of the chancel at All Saints Church, Babbacombe in Devon. It is made up of coloured Devon Marble varieties from the Petitor beds – a form of limestone that can be polished for a marble effect (not a...
Old Ideas Reimagined: Gaudi’s Garden Suburb – Park Guell (1900-14)

Old Ideas Reimagined: Gaudi’s Garden Suburb – Park Guell (1900-14)

Antoni Gaudi i Cornet’s (1852 to 1926) unique style can easily be identified by his buildings in the city of Barcelona and at the Park Guell on the outskirts. It is difficult to unpick fully the varied influences that Gaudi drew upon for his creations. However, this...
THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE IN DORSET – The Horsey Monument Part 1

THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE IN DORSET – The Horsey Monument Part 1

The Horsey Monument at Sherborne Abbey circa 1565 As I drive around the county of Somerset my journey is frequently punctuated by travel news from BBC Somerset. Often queuing traffic is backed up at the Horsey roundabout at the crossing of the A3088 and the A30 in...
Finials & Niches – Tudor ornamentation at Longford & Montacute

Finials & Niches – Tudor ornamentation at Longford & Montacute

Figure 1: Longford Castle Entrance Facade (1591). On a summer visit to Longord Castle in Wiltshire my eye was caught by some ornamental details that reminded me of Montacute House in Somerset. Whilst a completely different building to Montacute, I found myself...