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Building the Modern Church

“… a powerful contribution to the field of architectural history and religious studies”

Robert Proctor’s book on Roman Catholic Church architecture spanning a critical twenty year period from the mid-1950’s, has been enthusiastically received by architectural historians since its publication in April 2014. Proctor has been praised for the depth and thoroughness of his archival research…

“The book is clearly written, avoiding professional jargon (whether ecclesiastical or architectural), and is well illustrated with black and white and (fewer) colour plates. There is also a useful series of plans. This is an indispensable guide for all those interested in a hitherto little-regarded but extraordinarily rich subject”.

To celebrate the book’s publication, the author took part in a tour organized by the Twentieth Century Society, which visited post-war Roman Catholic churches in West and North West London, all of which featured in the book. A copy of the tour notes is available to Click Here to download

Another important accolade for this book is news that it has been shortlisted for the prestigious Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion, more information about this award and the other shortlisted books can be found on the SAHGB website

Read all the excellent reviews and information on this book, including sample pages by visiting: Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955 to 1975

Robert Proctor is Senior Lecturer on Architectural History & Theory at the University of Bath, UK.

Liturgical Space: Christian Worship and Church Buildings in Western Europe 1500-2000

One of the bestselling books from our Religion and Theology list this year has been Liturgical Space, by Nigel Yates.

It is a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the internal arrangement of church buildings in Western Europe between 1500 and 2000, and is extensively illustrated.

Nigel Yates is the foremost authority on the relationship between the liturgy and the ordering of church buildings in the post reformation world… serious students and amateur church crawlers alike will enjoy his eye for quirky detail as well as the scholarly erudition that underpins this splendid volume.
The Right Reverend David Stancliffe, Bishop of Salisbury, UK Continue reading