Another Six English Towns

Architectural historian Alec Clifton-Taylor OBE presents a potted history and architectural study of another six small English towns of great character. First broadcast on BBC Two in 1978, the programmes now serve as a fascinating historical snapshot of the enduring character of each locale.

Cat. No: 166468
Barcode: 5019322664680
Run Time: 180 mins
Discs: 1
Cert: E
Format: DVD
Release Date: 23rd January 2017

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Description

Following on from the popularity of Six English Towns and Six More English Towns, the respected writer continues his travel adventures in architecture, visiting a different location in each episode.

In this series he visits Cirencester (Gloucestershire), Whitby (North Yorkshire), Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk), Devizes (Wiltshire), Sandwich (Kent) and Durham (North East). But why these towns? “Well,” says Clifton-Taylor in his introduction, “We wanted rather small towns. And we also wanted places that were visually attractive and part of the English tradition.”

“These are not guide book programmes. Our main concern will be with buildings and especially with houses. I’d like every programme to be an exercise in looking. Looking at the changing styles and fashions and at the traditionalbuilding materials of England – stone, brick, wood, plaster.”

Erudite, agreeable and accessible, Clifton-Taylor’s passion for his subject is also displayed in forthright criticism for modern developments that threaten the identity of a community. A champion of pedestrianisation and despiser of multi-storey car parks, he makes a convincing case for the conservation of our traditional living and working spaces.

Separate series of Six English Towns are also available below

Six English Towns

Six More English Towns