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The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church

The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church

  • Date Published: August 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107401600

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  • Originally published during the early part of the twentieth century, the Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature were designed to provide concise introductions to a broad range of topics. They were written by experts for the general reader and combined a comprehensive approach to knowledge with an emphasis on accessibility. A. H. Thompson's The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church was published in 1911 and was the first book to devote itself entirely to the historical development and resultant features of the parish church in England. It remains an insightful work on the subject.

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    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107401600
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.17kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. The Origin of the Church Plan in England:
    1. The basilican church plan
    2. Problem of its derivation
    3. Rival theories of its origin
    4. The Roman basilica: old St Peter's
    5. Basilicas at Ravenna
    6. Tomb-churches and baptisteries
    7. Centralised plans at Ravenna
    8. Relative advantages of the basilican and the centralised plan
    9. The basilican church at Silchester
    10. Early churches in Kent and Essex
    11. Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts
    12. Escomb church, Durham
    13. Early Northumbrian churches
    14. Wilfrid's churches at Hexam and Ripon
    15. Brixworth, Northants: other basilican plans
    16. Brixworth, Northants: other basilican plans
    17. Exceptional occurrence of the basilican plan in England
    Part II. Parish Churches of the Later Saxon Period:
    18. The normal pre-Conquest plan
    19. The western bell-tower
    20. Plans in which the ground floor of the tower forms the body of the church
    21. Barton-on-Humber and the centralised plan
    22. Centralised planning in England
    23. The Saxon lateral porch
    24. Development of the transeptal chapel
    25. Towers between nave and chancel
    26. Development of the cruciform plan
    27. Development of the cruciform plan
    28. Influence of local material upon the aisleless church plan
    Part III. The Aisleless Church of the Norman Period:
    29. Survival and development of the aisleless plan after the Conquest
    30. The nave of the aisleless church
    31. Rectangular chancels
    32. Churches with no structural division between nave and chancel
    33. Churches with apsidal chancels
    34. The quire
    35. The transeptal chapel
    36. Cruciform plan: North Newbald and Melbourne
    37. Later developments of the cruciform plan
    38. Symbolism in planning
    Part IV. The Aisled Parish Church
    Section 1. Nave, Tower, and Porches:
    39. Survival of the aisleless plan
    40. The addition of aisles
    41. The use of aisles for side altars
    42. Twelfth century aisled plans
    43. Ordinary method of adding aisles
    47. Raunds church, Northants
    48. Conservative feeling of the builders for old work
    49. Aisles widened and rebuilt
    50. Rebuilding of aisles as chantry chapels: Harringworth, Northants
    51. Newark, Cirencester, Northleach, and Grantham
    52. Naves lengthened westward
    53. The western tower in relation of the plan
    54. Engaged Western towers, etc.
    55. Rebuilding of towers
    56. Porches
    57. Position of the porch in the plan
    Part V. The Aisled Parish Church
    Section 2. Transepts and Chancel:
    58. Cruciform churches with aisled transepts
    59. Addition of transeptal chapels
    60. Variety of treatment of transeptal chapels
    61. Transeptal chapels as a key to original ground plans
    62. Incomplete cruciform plans
    63. Irregular cruciform plans
    64. Central towers with transeptal chapels
    65. Transeptal towers
    66. Lengthening of chancels
    67. Encroachment of the chancel on the nave: Tansor
    68. Chancel chapels
    69. Churches with one chancel chapel
    70. Chantry chapels attached to chancels
    71. Effect of the addition of chapels on the cruciform plan
    72. The aisled rectangular plan
    73. Variations on the plan with aisled nave and chancel
    74. Development of the aisled rectangle at Grantham
    75. Deviation of the axis of the chancel
    Index of places.

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    A. Hamilton Thompson

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