Author(s): Thomas Maude
Visiting historic buildings is one of Britain's most popular pursuits. But, all too often, visitors are frustrated by existing guidebooks, which assume much prior knowledge of architectural history and terms. This highly illustrated, accessible book presents a completely new look at cathedrals, abbeys and churches through the eyes of a vastly experienced working stone-mason. Thomas Maude uses well-chosen historical and technical information, colourful anecdote and his hands-on knowledge of building structures and technique to convey the excitement which they hold in store. This remarkable and engaging book will help any visitor understand and enjoy the medieval ecclesiastical buildings of Britain - from the humble parish church to the mighty cathedral.
'An excellent new book... Written by master mason Thomas Maude, it tells you how to zip straight into the world of the masons and carpenters who constructed the building. Most guidebooks are as dry as the bones under the cathedral floor. Not Maude's book. As a master mason, he knows that stones can speak. Better still, he wants us to know what they are saying - His method is simple: follow his guide and you will know the building inside out by the time you leave.' - Giles Milton, MAIL ON SUNDAY; 'His inside information means he can cast a new light on some very familiar places.' - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY; 'A good companion for those who want to understand more about Britain's cathedrals, abbeys and churches.' - FT
Thomas Maude studied at the European Centre for Craftsmen in Venice and has held the William Morris Craft Fellowship. He has worked as a stone-mason on some of Europe's most prestigious restoration projects, including Salisbury cathedral and Wells Cathedral.