The Twentieth Century Society


  • 100 Churches 100 Years

    Format 256 x 256 mm, 208pp, 234 colour photographs, published 7 March 2019
    PRICE: £25
    ISBN: 978-1-84994-514-1

    100 Churches 100 Years celebrates the beautiful and extraordinary ecclesiastical architecture of the last century.

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    This book illustrates and describes 100 churches and chapels built in the UK since 1914, charting the development of buildings for worship. In this period concrete and steel gave a new freedom to construction, while new ideas about how congregations could participate in services changed assumptions about traditional layouts, bringing celebrants and people closer together. The century saw dynamic churches in dramatic shapes of all sizes thanks to ambitious engineering, and brilliant colour from new forms of stained glass, murals and sculpture.

    Architects whose work is included here range from Basil Spence and Edward Maufe, designers of major cathedrals, to the radical Gillespie, Kidd and Coia whose brutalist seminary lies abandoned near Dumbarton. The book provides biographies of major designers; articles on glass, fittings, and on the synagogues, mosques and temples that play an intrinsic and important part in worship in Britain today.

    The C20 Society protects outstanding architecture and design across Britain dating from 1914 onwards. Now with over 100 years under its remit, it campaigns for the best of all types and styles of building, from neo-Georgian to post-modern. Churches and their fittings are under ever-increasing threat and this book shows why they are important to everyone who loves beauty and culture today.

    Edited by Susannah Charlton, Elain Harwood and Clare Price