The Architecture of Wales

From the First to the Twenty-First Century

Author(s) John Hilling

Language: English

Genre(s): Tourism, History

Series: Architecture of Wales

  • August 2018 · 320 pages ·220 x 245mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786832849
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786832856
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786832863

About The Book

Architecture reflects not only a nation’s history, but also how its people lived, worked, prayed and fought over the centuries. Since the publication of John B. Hilling’s The Historic Architecture of Wales in 1976, there has been no other attempt at addressing the architecture of Wales as a whole, and this revised publication meets a long-felt need for a general survey of architecture in Wales. It covers two thousand years of architectural history, reflecting the nation’s life from Roman times to the present century – less a revision of the original than a complete re-writing, taking into account recent research and recent buildings. The book is illustrated with 268 colour and black-and-white photographs, drawings, plans and maps.


‘A superb updating of Hilling’s definitive 1976 survey, the first substantial study of the nation’s architecture on my own or anyone else’s bookshelf. This hugely welcome renewal is more comprehensive, better illustrated and certainly as indispensable as the landmark original.’

-Jonathan Adams RIBA, Architect of the Wales Millennium Centre


General Editor’s Preface
‘Letting the Light In’ Gillian Clarke
List of Illustrations and
Author’s Preface and Acknowledgements
Land, History and Architecture Roman Occupation and Celtic Survival
Early Castles of the Middle Ages
Later Castles of the Middle Ages
Romanesque Churches of the Middle Ages
Gothic Churches of the Middle Ages
Other Secular Buildings and Towns of the Middle Ages
Tudor and Renaissance Architecture
Vernacular Houses
Neoclassicism, Gothick and the Picturesque
Non-domestic Architecture in the Eighteenth Century
Industry and Transport, 1800–1815
Country Houses and Planned Towns, 1800–1915
Religion and Education, 1800–1915
Civic and Communal, 1800–1915
Arts and Crafts to Early Modernism, 1900–1939
Late Modernism, 1940–1985
Recent Developments, 1986–2017, Simon Unwin
Appendix 1: Glossary of Welsh Architectural and Building Terms
Appendix 2: List of Award-winning Architects
Select Bibliography
Index of Architects, Engineers and Designers
General Index

About the Author(s)

Author(s): John Hilling

Before retiring, John B. Hilling was an architect and town planner. Born in Abertysswg, in the Rhymney valley, he now lives in Cardiff and is the author of nine books and numerous articles, mostly on historic architecture in Wales.

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