Notes on the churches of Kent.
London, John Murray 1877.
8vo. xiv + (2) + 351 + (1)pp, 21 text ills (an area of paper loss at upper blank margin of p.55).Publisher’s cloth. Armorial bookplate of Charles Arthur Wynne Finch, dated 1883. Subsequently Jill Allibone’s copy.
Although Sir Stephen Glynne owned large estates in North Wales and Cheshire, and was a member of parliament and brother-in-law of the statesman W.E.Gladstone, the real passion of his life was the study of English parish churches, of which he visited well over 5000, taking careful notes of their architecture and fittings. The present volume, published in his memory after his death with a preface by a Gladstone nephew, prints his notes on 312 churches in Kent, many visited by him before 1840 and most visited by him before they underwent restoration by architects of the Victorian era. First and only edition.