Poole, Rev.George Ayliffe
The appropriate character of church architecture.
Leeds, T.W.Green 1842.
8vo. viii (incl. litho title leaf) + 182pp, (2)pp adverts for books by the author. Publisher’s blind-stamped cloth. A good copy.
An unfamiliar book by Rev.George Aycliffe Poole (1809-93), best known as the the author of A History of Ecclesiastical Architecture in England, 1848 (discussed by Pevsner, Some Architectural Writers of the Nineteenth Century, 1972, p.101). It is based on lectures delivered by him to the subscribers to the Leeds Church of England Library – Poole was incumbent of St.James’s, Leeds, at this date – and it can be seen that Poole’s need to explain to his audience in language that they could understand the reasons for the characteristic features, ground plan and interior fittings of a typical English mediaeval church had led him to think rather more carefully about what was appropriate for Anglican worship than was the case with publications by other writers on church architecture at that time. We have previously had through our hands copies of half-a-dozen books, all of some merit, written or jointly written by Poole, but not this one.