Vernacular Architecture in the Lake District

by David Murray on 20 June 2008

in Activities, Architecture, Books, History

I have for many years found it fascinating to look at the different kinds of traditional buildings in the Lake District, Since the 1970s I have often carried with me a copy of R. W. Brunskill’s paperback field handbook, Vernacular Architecture of the Lake Counties.

Another book that has been on my shelves for more than twenty-five years is Palmer’s Historic Farmhouses in and around Westmorland, which I find especially interesting as my own forebears at various times down the centuries have lived in two of the featured properties.

An early-1990s work is Susan Denyer’s Traditional Buildings & Life in the Lake District, and even more recent (2006) is Brunskill’s Traditional Buildings of Cumbria.

Brunskill - Vernacular Architecture of the Lake Counties - ISBN 0571094597
Brunskill - Traditional Buildings of Cumbria - ISBN-13: 9780304357734  ISBN-10: 0304357731
Denyer - Traditional Buildings & Life in the Lake District - ISBN: 0575045523
Historic Farmhouses in and around Westmorland - ISBN: 0902272497

Three of these can be found on the secondhand network although the Palmer book is rare and pricey (try our book search page at BrunleaBooks for access to several large networks of independent dealers around the world) whereas the latest Brunskill book can be bought new from Foyles of London, and when I last looked there was a good discount.

– David Murray –
England’s Lakes

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