By Gavin Stamp

Since 2004 Gavin Stamp, certainly one of Britain’s most outstanding and readable architectural historians, has written a per 30 days column for Apollo, the esteemed structure and superb paintings journal. the topic is just no matter what in layout or structure occurs to take his fancy. it would be the sumptuous reopening of the great Midland Grand inn at St Pancras Station, or the dilapidation of a little-known church in Eastbourne; the much-lamented loss of life of the unique Routemaster bus, or the mammoth majesty of the airship sheds that housed the R.101. yet whereas those items reveal a superb diversity and diversity, they're unified by means of Stamp’s wider quest: to discover, outline and champion the very Englishness of English structure and layout. whilst high quality examples are preserved and restored, he celebrates; after they fall sufferer to philistine overlook – or, worse, demolition – he mourns. And whilst the dependent is overshadowed by means of the purely modish, he deplores. In Anti-Ugly, Stamp has chosen the easiest of those ‘excursions’, generating a compulsively readable assortment that builds into an eloquent, realized, trenchant and infrequently angry portrait of our nationwide layout heritage.

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