This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...of a Shropshire countryside, with a brooklet tinkling along through a tangle of undergrowth; while the carol of thrush, ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...of a Shropshire countryside, with a brooklet tinkling along through a tangle of undergrowth; while the carol of thrush, linnet and blackbird sounds blithely in our ears. Stanton Lacy itself is but a mile farther on; and through that quaint, quiet village lies our way to the parish church. Stanton Lacy church is a genuine Saxon edifice; indeed, it is considered to be one of the best examples of pre-Norman work in this country. Upon its outer walls appear the narrow buttresses built of long-and-short stones, and the rough, uneven stonework with its wavy coursing, that mark the Saxon period. In the north nave wall is the remarkable doorway shewn in the accompanying sketch. Here we find the long-and-short work both STANTON LACY CHURCH upon the jambs and the semicircular head, which is surmounted by a peculiarly shaped cross, and guttae, or drops, like those found in classic architecture. Though now blocked up, this doorway is still in a good state of preservation. The church is cruciform in plan, its massive central tower grouping prettily amidst a setting of f, verdant foliage, when viewed from the south, with the porch standing prominently out, and some curious stone effigies of the de Lacys under low, cusped, mural arches. Inside we find traces of various styles and dates, with scraps of ornament at ion here and there, such as the alternate shields and ros'ettes upon the otherwise plain stone font, and the little carved figures that look down from brackets on a beam of the chancel roof. A pretty legend tells how this church first came into existence. Milburga, the pious daughter of King Penda the Mercian, fleeing one day from the too pressing attentions of a certain Welsh princeling, managed to escape across the Corve, near where the...
1996 facsimile reprint of book originally published in 1899 by Elliot Stock. Card covers with attractive watercolour illustration of rural cottage. Fine. Strong sewn binding. No inscriptions or annotations. Would make an excellent gift. 17 cms by 24 cms. 243 pages (including index) plus map of Shropshire. Numerous B/W illustrations by the author who was a well known Birmingham artist. This is a heavy book which will require extra postage.
The book was enjoyable and it felt as if I was going on the walks myself. However I often wished the writer had spent longer describing some of the places he visited, and translated some of the Latin phrases etc. he used.
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