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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
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Tom Nancollas
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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

Tom Nancollas


9781846149375

Particular Books


Architecture;
Public buildings: civic, commercial, industrial;
History of architecture;
Social & cultural history;
Maritime history


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240 pages

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Lighthouses are striking totems of our relationship to the sea. For many, they encapsulate a romantic vision of solitary homes amongst the waves, but their original purpose was much more utilitarian than that. Today we still depend upon their guiding lights for the safe passage of ships. Nowhere is this truer than in the rock lighthouses of Great Britain and Ireland which form a ring of nineteen towers built between 1811 and 1905, so-called because they were constructed on desolate rock formations in the middle of the sea, and made of granite to withstand the power of its waves.

Seashaken Houses is a lyrical exploration of these singular towers, the people who risked their lives building and rebuilding them, those that inhabited their circular rooms, and the ways in which we value emblems of our history in a changing world.

By:   Tom Nancollas
Imprint:   Particular Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   385g
ISBN:   9781846149375
ISBN 10:   1846149371
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Gloucester in 1988, Tom Nancollas is a writer and building conservationist based in London. After university, he joined English Heritage to work on church repair grants before moving on to the City of London and its historic townscape. Of Cornish ancestry, Tom maintained a love of seascapes during his work in the capital and became fascinated with offshore rock lighthouses, finding in them a new way of looking at buildings, heritage and, unexpectedly, family.


Intensely interesting * Engineering & Technology Magazine * Eloquent and well researched ... Lighthouses will never look the same again * BBC CountryFile Magazine * Nancollas is intrepid and persistent. His book is a first-hand travel guide to seven places you almost certainly have no chance of ever visiting. -- Bella Bathurst * Spectator * An impassioned history ... much more than a geeky history, it also helps us think anew about buildings, about heritage, and even about family * The Bookseller, Editor's Choice * A deeply personal account, based on meticulous research - and I found it difficult to put down. Above all else, the author's affection and enthusiasm shine forth vividly -- Francis Pryor With compelling narrative and fascinating historical anecdotes, Tom shines a spotlight on these little known but spectacular structures -- Roma Agrawal Meticulously-researched and fascinating ... Tom's love for structure and heritage, for intricate detailing and finishes, shines through * Irish Times * A thrilling celebration...These monumental structures have saved countless lives and survived unimaginable natural forces, as well as the currents of political and governmental change. Their stories are more interesting than even I could have imagined -- Rebecca Armstrong * i newspaper *

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