an evening with Julian Orbach introducing his book

12th March 2015

meantime in the clubroom
an evening with Julian Orbach introducing his book
Somerset: South and West

“There is still nothing in the world (repeat, the world, not just this country) to match these books.” Geoffrey Moorhouse, The Guardian

Architectural historian Julian Orbach has revised and expanded Nikolaus Pevsner’s 1958 Somerset: South and West – one of the magisterial Pevsner series which has been the unrivalled source for authoritative and comprehensive information on the architecture of the British Isles since it was first published in the 1950s.

Pevsner himself spent a breezy summer writing Somerset: South and West; Julian has spent the last four years updating it. He has spent hours walking around the towns, knocking on doors and discovering hidden treasures. The new volume incorporates both modern architecture and recent developments in the understanding of ancient buildings.

Julian will be talking about Bruton, a town which he has called “the most complete medieval town in Somerset”, with high street gardens and bartons still conforming to medieval patterns. He has also described Bruton as “a whole sequence of puzzles” – with its dovecot, its double towered church, and the destruction of its priory and manor house. Nobody has all the answers but Julian will unravel the questions.

clubroom bar open from 6.30 pm; talk starts at 7pm £10 per ticket
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meantime curated by Emma Craigie