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The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874)


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Sir Stephen Glynne (1807-1874) was one of the greatest church enthusiasts of his time, visiting over 5500 churches in England and Wales, and making careful notes and sketches of their architecture, plans and furnishings. His particular interest lay in the Gothic style, and in High Church principles, as his notes make clear.

This volume contains architectural descriptions of 400 Yorkshire churches and abbeys compiled during his many visits. Interesting in their own right, they also provide an extremely accurate and valuable record of the fabric and fittings before their removal in restoration or the total demolition of churches. An introduction places Sir Stephen's life and work in the wider context of developing architectural and ritual scholarship.

The text is accompanied by 250 contemporary water-colours and drawings, the majority from record sources and published for the first time. Together they provide a significant contribution to the study of Yorkshire church architecture at a time of rapid change.


A masterly edition. [.] It is a reference book that will sit comfortably besides Pevsner on the library shelf.
[The editor] has effectively rescued Glynne's Yorkshire Church Notes from merely describing a frozen moment in time into a valuable resource for those who wish to trace for themselves the 19th-century changes in church architecture. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

A magnificent edition.[...]The YAS and its editor are to be congratulated on publishing such a fine edition. NORTHERN HISTORY
A major contribution to the study of Yorkshire church architecture at a time of change. LEEDS CIVIC TRUST NEWSLETTER
Notes like Glynne's are a rare and invaluable source of information about the form and appearance of churches prior to their makeovers. [The editor] and his publisher are to be congratulated for producing a volume at least as valuable for the church visitor as for the serious researcher. ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY


First Published: 15 Nov 2007
13 Digit ISBN: 9781903564806
Pages: 560
Size: 24.4 x 17.2
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Yorkshire Archaeological Society

Details updated on 24 Nov 2015


  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  The Yorkshire Church Notes
  • 3  Index