Architectural historian Alec Clifton-Taylor OBE presents all three series of the popular documentary programmes, which ran between 1977-1984 on BBC Two. Guiding viewers through 'the pattern of English building', Clifton-Taylor examines each town's grand public buildings, manor houses and family homes, examining how each town evolved in harmony with the local landscape with an appropriate choice of natural building materials. The first series, first broadcast in 1977, sees him visit Chichester (West Sussex), Richmond (Yorkshire), Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire), Stamford (Lincolnshire), Totnes (Devon) and Ludlow (Shropshire). In the second series, first broadcast in 1981, Clifton-Taylor takes in Warwick (Warwickshire), Berwick-upon-Tweed (Northumberland), Saffron Walden (Essex), Lewes (East Sussex), Bradford-on-Avon (Wiltshire) and Beverley (East Riding). In the final series, first broadcast in 1984, he visits Cirencester (Gloucestershire), Whitby (North Yorkshire), Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk), Devizes (Devon), Sandwich (Kent) and Durham (North East). Forty years on, the series now serves as a fascinating historical snapshot of the enduring character of each town over many centuries.
'In Search of the Spirit of the Age' - A 25-minute documentary first shown in 1976 on BBC Two. John Julius Norwich discusses with Alec Clifton-Taylor ways in which landscape and architecture have become more accessible, and the recommended ways to enjoy them in Clifton-Taylor's first appearance for the BBC
This disc includes the following: - Chichester , Sussex - Richmond , North Yorkshire - Tewkesbury , Gloucestershire - Stamford , Lincolnshire - Totnes , Devon - Ludlow , Shropshire
This disc includes the following: - Warwick - Berwick-Upon-Tweed , Northumberland - Saffron Walden , Essex - Lewes , East Sussex - Bradford-on-Avon , Wiltshire - Beverley , East Riding
This disc includes the following: - Cirencester - Whitby , North Yorkshire - Bury St. Edmunds , Suffolk - Devizes , Devon - Sandwich , Kent - Durham , North East
This disc includes the following: - Special Features