This book presents principles that governed the restoration of old churches and the building of new ones between the late 16th and the early 19th centuries, and have continued to do so, though with the emphasis more on theological outlook and less on what is merely ‘convenient’ and ‘decent’, the adjectives most frequently used to describe the liturgical arrangements of the 17th and 18th centuries. It is now more than fifty years since G. W. O. Addleshaw and F. Etchells published their pioneering study of The Architectural Setting of Anglican Worship in 1948. The book discusses new architectural and archival evidence with the results of related historical research carried out over the last half century. There has been a major shift of emphasis from largely institutional church history to a consideration of ecclesiastical matters in a much wider context where ecclesiastical history is seen to be an integral part of economic and social history.
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