Author: Diana Beckett
Release Date: October 2021
“Ernest Shearman was one of the best exponents of creating monumental spaces out of simple materials.” English Heritage.
Architect of six early twentieth century London churches, Ernest Shearman’s distinctive and personal design reflects both the Gothic Revival and Arts and Crafts movements, although his main influence was the simple red brick mendicant Gothic churches of northern Italy. His Winchester house was the background to the writer’s life for sixty years.
In this book, the author follows his career as an articled clerk to eminent architect, Charles Barry Jr., studying under two icons of the late nineteenth century, George Edmund Street and Norman Shaw, through to his travels in Italy: all of which culminated in his austere yet majestic churches that stand proud today as beacons in their neighbourhoods.