Four Centuries of Charlwood Houses – Paperback


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by Joan M. Harding, F.S.A.

The purpose of this book is to show the beauty and special character of the village, especially to those who may wish to threaten its future, and to help our younger members of the community appreciate its history and development over the years. Many of the listed buildings in Charlwood (and Hookwood) are described and illustrated in considerable detail together with some historical village photos. There is also interesting information about the history of Charlwood.

Throughout their survey of period houses in Charlwood Mr. Peter Gray and Miss Joan Harding were kind enough to keep me informed of their many discoveries and it soon became clear that Charlwood was exceptionally rich in medieval and sub-medieval houses. There are indeed so many there that when the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Vernacular Architecture Group visited Surrey in 1975 under Miss Harding’s guidance they broke with all precedent and spent a whole day of their very limited time within the bounds of that one parish.

Charlwood is fortunate in its wealth of historic buildings; it is equally fortunate in having Miss Harding to write an attractive and authoritative survey of what it contains. I very much hope that Four Centuries of Charlwood Houses will reach everyone within the parish and thousands more outside and that it will be the first of many similar local studies. I hope too it will inspire others elsewhere to record, and thereby help to preserve, those smaller houses, beautiful in their unpretentious rightness, which are still an essential element of the English scene.

120 pages. Over 100 photographs, drawings and maps

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