Studley Royal, St Mary, North Yorkshire, ****

“For those who hold that the Victorians at their best were the equal of the 13th and 14th centuries, Study Royal is a masterpiece…The exterior is in Burges’s familiar muscular style. At night, the silhouette against the sky can seem like a gian rhinoceros, with the tower as its horn. The building is heavily buttressed, the chancel windows enriched and the doors emboldened with splendid Gothic ironwork.”

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