Betjeman's Best British Churches by John Betjeman, Richard Surman

By John Betjeman, Richard Surman

A attractive and sensible updated consultant to over thousand of Britain’s most sensible parish churches.

Although now most renowned for his poetry, Sir John Betjeman’s nice ardour used to be church buildings. For over fifty years his consultant, on a regular basis up to date, has been the eminent authority and the main distinctive consultant to the simplest church buildings to visit.

This re-creation, in complete color all through and illustrated with over 350 especially commissioned images, covers over 2,500 of the superior church buildings in England, Scotland and Wales. totally up to date by means of bestselling writer Richard Surman, this can be the main entire and recent consultant to Britain’s church heritage.

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All these cooling – and delight – systems are driven by the power of the sun. Buildings shaped by solar cooling look quite different from the so called ‘energy-conservative’ office blocks of the 1970s and 1980s – glass, but deep-plan, so effectively windowless for people working within them. Prone to overheating and dependent on airconditioning, these weren’t in fact energy-conservative at all, but energyexpensive sickness incubators. Unfortunately, overglazed, sealed-skin, deepplan buildings are still with us, however ‘artistically’ styled and claiming ecofriendliness.

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