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The men who demolished Victorian Britain

Gavin Stamp's Anti-Ugly and Lost Victorian Britain are a glorious lament for our lost architectural heritage - and a celebration of what remains

23 November 2013

9:00 AM

23 November 2013

9:00 AM

Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design Gavin Stamp

Aurum, pp.260, £16.99

Lost Victorian Britain: How the 20th Century Destroyed the 19th Century’s Architectural Masterpieces Gavin Stamp

Aurum, pp.192, £12.99

Anyone with a passing interest in old British buildings must get angry at the horrors inflicted on our town centres over the last half-century or so. Gavin Stamp is wonderfully, amusingly, movingly angry. And he has been ever since the early 1960s when, as a boy at Dulwich College, he saw workmen hack off the stiff-leaf column capitals in the school cloisters.

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Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design is available from the Spectator Bookshop, £13.59, Tel: 08430 600033

Lost Victorian Britain: How the 20th Century Destroyed the 19th
Century’s Architectural Masterpieces is available from the Spectator Bookshop, £10.99, Tel: 08430 600033

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