Anthony Salvin: Pioneer of Gothic Revival Architecture

By Jill Allibone

A major study of one of the leading Victorian domestic architects, illustrated with plans and photographs, and a full catalogue raisonné of Salvin’s work.

ISBN: 9780718827076


One of the most important architects practising in Britain during the years 1820-1880, Anthony Salvin had a long and successful career as a builder of country houses and churches and as a restorer of some of the most important castles in England, including Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. In the first book-length study of this important architect, Dr Allibone has incorporated previously unpublished material concerning Salvin’s life and buildings, including contemporary letters, building accounts, diaries, and reproductions of Salvin’s architectural drawings, in order to shed new light on artistical, political, economic and religious developments in nineteenth-century England.

Concerned through his career with finding authentic medieval examples for new buildings in the Gothic style, Salvin led the way to return to the ‘real’ Gothic architecture that cumulated later in the nineteenth century with the works of men like Alfred Waterhouse, William Burges and George Edmund Street. A knowledge of his career will further an appreciation of the works of these later, more widely studied architects.

Including 181 illustrations as well as a comprehensive catalogue listing all the known data for 366 of Salvin’s projected and executed works, this study should find a large audience among those interested in the history of architecture and in Victorian England in general.

Additional information

Dimensions 254 × 178 mm
Pages 208
Illustrations b&w

Trade Information LGEN

About the Author

Jill Allibone received her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is a member of the Committee of the Kent Building Preservation Trust, and a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.


Foreword by Mark Girouard

1. Introduction
2. The Salvins and the Nesfields
3. The Country Houses
4. Harlaxton, the Houses of Parliament, and Other Competitions
5. Life at Finchley
6. The Country House Practice
7. Peckforton and Other Castles
8. Church Work
9. The Universities, the Tower of London, and Windsor Castle
10. Conclusion

Catalogue Raisonné

Photographic Acknowledgements