coopbookMy first book was published in 1981 – it was The Organization of the Energy Industry (Macmillan) – written in handwriting(!); this was followed by The Architectural and Social History of Cooperative Living (Macmillan, London, 1988), punched out on my sort of computerised typewriter. That got me hooked on architectural research, really research by wandering around. Combined withpubbook enjoyment of beer, and pub architecture, this produced The Northumbrian Pub: An Architectural History (Sandhill Press, 1989).

Having been brought up at the seaside in Lowestoft, I’d always wanted to write about seaside buildings, and eventually published The People’s Palaces: Seaside Pleasure Buildings, 1870-1914 (Barracuda, 1991) followed by a series of Shire Albums (by Shire Publications) on Lighthouses, Amusement Machines, and Piers and other Seaside Architecture, as well as the non-seasidey Mausoleums, Famous Graves and Public Art since 1950 (2006).frontcover

yorkbookDuring the 1990s I’d also done a series of books on the architecture of the Yorkshire Ridings, a fantastic chance to spend time exploring the towns and cities of Yorkshire, and a great opportunity to improverobbies   my black-and-white photography. The Building the Ridings series was published by Smith Settle in 1994-5. After doing the Northumbrian pubs book, I’d become ever more interested in breweries, writing The History of Robinson’s Brewery (MNC Publishing, 1997) followed by British Breweries: An Architectural History (Hambledon Press, 2000).

wpe48120After coordinating much research by TACS members, The Tile Gazetteer: A Guide to British Tile and Architectural Ceramic Locations (Richard Dennis for the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, 2005) was runner-up in the National Reference Book of the Year Awards in 2005.

Building on the research done for the Tile Gazetteer, A Field Guide to Postwar Murals was published in 2008 by Blue House Books.logo2

Tyne_and_Wear_500wAnd then for something completely different, a contribution to English Heritage’s acclaimed Played in Britain series, Played in Tyne and Wear (English Heritage, 2010). Then in June 2014 Built to Brew: The History and Heritage of the Brewery was published by English Heritage. book coverBuilt to Brew won the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s 2015 Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Industrial Archaeology.

IndustArch cover small In June 2016 Victorian and Edwardian British Industrial Architecture was published by the Crowood Press, with 150 illustrations; here’s a link

Later in 2016 came Public Art 1945-95 for Historic England, and here’s the link for a downloadable copy

41Zi9jLdHHL Next, ‘England’s Co-operative Movement: An Architectural History’ was published by Liverpool University Press for Historic England in September 2020. The book won the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s 2021 Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship. More details on its LUP web page here

Just out in Feb 2022 is ‘Street Furniture’ from Amberley Publishing. Here’s the cover: and a link

Finally, I’m currently working on another book for Amberley, on the architectural history of cricket pavilions, should be out in time for the 2023 cricket season.

3 thoughts on “Publications

  1. Hi Lynn, Ian Leith suggested I contact you. I am trying to find out any information about a mural on Aerodrome Road in Colindale, near The Peel Centre – I wondered if you might know anything about it?
    All good wishes

    1. I saw that mural today from a bus.Looks like the work of Bill Mitchell. The building appears to be a mail sorting office?

      1. Apparently not Mitchell. Possibly some sort of motor manufacturing works originally, but no-one is sure. I’m pleased it is still with us in any case, thought it might have been demolished by now.

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