Late Gothic architecture in South West England : four major centres of building activity at Wells, Bristol, Sherbourne and Bath
Monckton, Linda (1999) Late Gothic architecture in South West England : four major centres of building activity at Wells, Bristol, Sherbourne and Bath. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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By 1360 the Perpendicular style was established as the successor to Decorated
architecture. During the subsequent one hundred and eighty years, until the Reformation,
major building work was carried out at four great churches in the south west of England.
The complete reconstructions of St Mary Redcliffe, Sherborne Abbey and Bath Abbey, and
considerable work to the precinct at Wells Cathedral during this period, form the basis for
this thesis. Through a study of each of these major centres, the issues of workshop identity
and stylistic trendsetters are considered.
It is shown how the interpretation of documentary evidence has impeded an
understanding of these buildings, which can be revealed by an analysis of the fabric. Based
primarily on a methodology of buildings archaeology and assessment of moulding profiles,
traditional assumptions concerning the chronology and patronage are challenged.
The new chronology for works at Sherborne Abbey, and the redating of the
commencement of Bath Abbey further our understanding of the nature of masons'
workshops, patronage and stylistic development within a regional context. Introspection in
masons' workshops during the 15th century, and retrospection in later design in the region,
demonstrates a reliance on the innovations of the 14th century, and the significance of the
parish church tradition in the region, respectively. The thesis concludes with a discussion on
the influence of major church workshops on domestic architecture, and the impact of the
dissemination of the lodges in the early 16th century.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Church architecture -- England -- West Country, Architecture, Gothic -- Perpendicular style -- England -- West Country, Bath Abbey (Bath, England) -- Design and construction, St. Mary Redcliffe (Church : Bristol, England) -- Design and construction, Sherborne Abbey -- Design and construction, Wells Cathedral -- Design and construction|
|Official Date:||May 1999|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of History of Art|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Morris, Richard K.|
|Extent:||2 v. (400 ; 258 leaves)|
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