Survivals & Revivals: past views of English architecture

Peckforton Castle, Cheshire

Peckforton Castle, Cheshire

Peckforton Castle, Cheshire (Anthony Salvin, 1850)

This lecture or study-day shows how our present-day view of old buildings and their history is influenced by the attitude of previous generations towards what they regarded as historically important.

It takes examples from –

  • the way in which Gothic and Classical architecture have been used in Britain since the sixteenth century
  • the tendency in the past centuries to recreate or translate genuine historical forms to new purposes
  • the dilemma of preservation and redevelopment,– the set of problems that arises when a built site has reached the apparent end of its useful life, but has also acquired an aesthetic and historical value independent of its practical or commercial value

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