Victorian churches were often of high quality, reflecting in physical terms the intense theological debates of the time. This highly-illustrated book by a leading authority describes many of the finest examples.
Many churches were built in England during the reign of Queen Victoria: most were in various varieties of Gothic Revival. Often exquisitely furnished, they were visible expressions of the presence and importance of religion at the time. Their architectural qualities reflected aspirations of clergy, laity, and individual benefactors. The finest were the results of passionate commitment to an architecture soundly based on scholarly studies known as Ecclesiology. James Stevens Curl places English churches of the period in their complex social and denominational settings, giving comprehensive accounts of the religious atmosphere and controversies of the times. He charts the progress and development of the Gothic Revival, explains differences in the architecture of various denominations, outlines the influences of the chief protagonists involved, and describes the demands made on craftsmen and industry to produce the materials, furnishings, and fittings necessary in making some of the finest buildings ever created in England. He reveals something of the individuals and events that shaped the religious climate of the epoch, while specially commissioned illustrations reveal the rich variety found in Victorian churches.
Preface and acknowledgements
Foreword - Rev Barry A Orford
1 - An Introduction to Denominations and Victorian Churches
2 - Architecture, Antiquarianism, and Styles
3 - The Religious Atmosphere in the 1830s and 1840s
4 - Recusants, Goths, Converts, Ultramontanes, and Controversies
5 - The Anglican Revival
6 - The Search for an Ideal
7 - Church Architecture of the 1850s, 1860s, and early 1870s
8 - The Late-Victorian Anglican Church in Several Manifestations
9 - Non-Anglican Buildings for Religious Observance
10 - Epilogue