Books : reviews

Alec Clifton-Taylor, Denis Moriarty.
Buildings of Delight.
Gollancz. 1986

Alec Clifton-Taylor’s knowledge of English buildings was prodigious, stemming from his lifelong enthusiasm for studying them in immense detail and meticulously recording his observations. Buildings of Delight is the culmination of this love-affair with architecture – his own choice of his hundred favourite buildings. They range from castles and abbeys to mills and dovecots, taking in great houses, farmhouses, churches, bridges and, of course, railway stations. Some are famous, many are not. All are described with the inimitable blend of scholarship and humour which delighted millions of viewers of his BBC television series, Six English Towns.