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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 57 1944 page 76
REVIEWS: Short Notes on the History of the Parish and Church of Chart next Sutton.
By The Rev. Paul Atkins, vicar
THESE Notes have been issued in a stencilled form and in a limited edition of 60 copies. The price is 2s. 6d. but this sum is excused as any profits from the sale are to go to the general expenses fund of the Parochial Church Council.
The Notes, which cover eight foolscap pages, deal with the manorial, and parochial history, the Rectors and Vicars, the Church and its Bells, the Vicarage, and a few topographical notes but little of the village and its lay-out.
We must acknowledge that here we have the estimable practice of putting together details of parochial and local history for the use of all who belong to or visit a place but it is far preferable to issue these as a handy pamphlet of a standard size with a few illustrations, and at a reasonable price instead of in the temporary and troublesome form in which these Notes appear.
Henry Yevile—The Life of an English Architect. By John H. Harvey
B.T. Batsford Ltd., 1944. 15s. net.
THIS most interesting book, and unique in its way, deals with a man who from being little more than a name, comes into the limelight as a genius who had his finger on most of the architectural development of the second half of the fourteenth century and one who had official dealings with Chaucer (pp. 43 and 45). While the reviewer is inclined to discount some of the author's enthusiams for his subject, and, personally, has no great love for the Perpendicular style, he must allow that the book unfolds, with its architectural life history of men who preceded, worked with and succeeded Yevele, a remarkable period of planning and design. The book will certainly force architects and historians to turn a more critical eye on certain famous buildings and weigh
the author's pros and cons. In one case he would seem to be rather far fetched in his suggestion that the plan of Wardour Castle may be compared with that of Queenborough Castle (although he claims the latter as the model for the coast defence forts of Henry VIII), and again when he brings Bodiam Castle into his net. In his enthusiasm there is his inclination to carry supposition too far although he has brought out the fact of widespread constructural and artistic development in the fourteenth century which must have been due to some master mind with a "school".
We agree with him in his estimate of the Gothic Revival, and with the satirical vein in which he treats this controversial subject and the
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