On the Shelves – Buildings of England: Wiltshire

The first edition of the Buildings of England: Wiltshire by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner was published in 1963, as part of the 46 volume series covering all of the English counties. Pevsner wrote or co-authored almost all of the books published between 1951 and 1974, visiting two counties a year in his holidays from teaching at Cambridge and Birkbeck College.

The guides quickly became the indispensable and unrivalled authority on the most significant buildings across the country from prehistoric monuments to architecture of the present day. Wiltshire was the county in which Pevsner made his own home and he is buried in the graveyard at Clyffe Pypard. His work has been continued in a set of revised editions and June 2021 sees publication of the fully updated and expanded volume for Wiltshire, revised by Julian Orbach, author of volumes on Somerset and three of the guides in the Buildings of Wales series.

Charles O’Brien (CO 1985-90), joint series editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides, has been his editor and writes:  ‘editing this volume has reintroduced me to many of the places and buildings that I first came to know during my time at the College, where my interest in architectural history was established. The description of Marlborough and the school buildings has been newly-researched and updated with many buildings that were previously overlooked now included for the first time, while also celebrating in greater detail the College’s principal highlights: the Chapel, Memorial Hall and Science Block. Julian Orbach has looked at thousands of buildings across the county and doubled the coverage of the old guide so anyone who has ventured beyond the town will rediscover the exceptional richness of the county’s architectural heritage.’

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