Surveyors of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey, 1827-1906: Reports and Letters

July 2011
4 black and white illustrations
244 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Westminster Abbey Record Series
ISBN: 9781843836575
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC REL033000, SOC003000, REL072000

Surveyors of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey, 1827-1906: Reports and Letters

Edited by Christine Reynolds

Introduction by Richard Halsey

The reports of the surveyors of Westminster Abbey in the nineteenth century provide a treasure trove of information on this most important building.
`A fundamental resource for anyone interested in the Abbey's architecture and contents.' Dr Richard Mortimer.

The papers of the nineteenth-century Surveyors of the Fabric are an essential resource for anyone interested in the building and contents of Westminster Abbey. The Surveyors, Edward Blore, George Gilbert Scott and his son J .O. Scott, J. L. Pearson and J. T. Micklethwaite, wrote an annual report describing their activities, and these are the core of the volume, supplemented with letters and other papers. Christine Reynolds, the Abbey's Assistant Keeper of Muniments, adds invaluable notes from many other sources in the archives to round out a fascinating account of interventions in the stonework and monuments of the most historically significant church in England. On the way we learn what Gilbert Scott thought of William Morris, what the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings thought of J. L. Pearson's reconstruction of the north rose window, and the dim view of Pearson taken by his successor Micklethwaite. Richard Halsey's introduction sets these eminent Victorians and their work at Westminster in the wider context of the great age of cathedral restoration.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Bibliography
Introduction: The Nineteenth-Century Surveyors of Westminster Abbey
Edward Blore
Sir George Gilbert Scott
John Oldrid Scott
John Loughborough Pearson
John Thomas Micklethwaite


A highly accomplished edition. The text is clear, the index is excellent, and the critical apparatus is extremely helpful. [...] This is a valuable contribution to the history of the Abbey. One can only hope that it prompts archivists at other cathedrals to prepare comparable publications. ARCHIVES

A most important source book for the history of the fabric of the abbey in the nineteenth century. CHURCH MONUMENTS

[A] fascinating compilation which throws valuable new light on important aspects of the Gothic Revival. ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY

Will be of great interest to students of Westminster Abbey. FRIENDS OF THE CITY CHURCHES NEWSLETTER

A book of surprisingly gripping narrative force to anyone who enjoys Westminster Abbey. Christopher Howse, DAILY TELEGRAPH

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