Fifty English Steeples

This book – an astonishing achievement following five years of detailed and original research – presents the first systematic survey of the fifty most important medieval parish church towers and spires in England, covering a period of some five hundred years. The introduction provides an overview of the technological and aesthetic development of towers and spires, and examines the evolution of their major architectural elements. The process of medieval steeple construction is also explored with hundreds of detailed drawings. The book was produced in just two colours, with a rich purple quarter-binding to reflect the ecclesiastical use of these buildings.

WINNER, DAM Architectural Book Award 2017

Client: Thames & Hudson
Author: Julian Flannery
Format: Hardback quarterbound PLC
Extent: 496 pp
Size: 290 x 225 mm
Illustrations: 600

‘The church steeple is the glory of the English landscape … At last it has achieved its biographer.’

Simon Jenkins


‘Exquisite drawings and authoritative words make this definitive guide to medieval steeples a delight.’

RIBA Journal

‘So beautiful, so artfully presented … fascinating’

Ringing World