A photo-led coffee-table compendium of 50 buildings and structures that have helped to create the Wales we know today. Written by architectural historians Greg Stevenson and Mark Baker, with images by acclaimed photographer David Wilson, the book explores the idea of identity as expressed through a nation’s ‘bricks and mortar’. There are buildings that remain today, a couple that have been lost, and one that moves every year to a different location.
Dr Greg Stevenson is an architectural historian and Research Fellow of the University of Wales, where he lectured in the history of Welsh architecture at Lampeter. Known to viewers of S4C television for his series ‘Y Ty Cymreig’ and ‘Y Dref Gymreig’, Greg has authored or co-authored several architecture books including ‘Cartrefi Cymreig/ Welsh Homes’, ‘Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru/ Houses of the Welsh Countryside’, Palaces for the People, The 1930s Home etc. He restores vernacular and traditional buildings across Europe for Under the Thatch.
Dr Mark Baker is an architectural historian based in Wales. He read History and Archaeology at Bangor University, and Medieval British Studies at Cardiff University, where he also completed his doctoral thesis on The Development of the Welsh Country House in 2015. This was funded by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. As a freelance architectural historian, researcher and writer, Mark has worked with organisations such as the National Trust, Cadw, Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, building preservation trusts and private house owners.
David Wilson is a fine art photographer who strives in his work to capture the beguiling coast and countryside of his native Wales. His images depict the breath-taking beauty and raw majesty of a land and seascape sculpted by extreme elements and partially shaped by man. His acclaimed books include; Pembrokeshire, an homage to his home county, Wales – A Photographer’s Journey, an epic visual travelogue of an enchanting country, and The Starlings & Other Stories, a unique collaboration with some of the finest crime fiction writers in Britain.