Newark-on-Trent, St Mary, Nottinghamshire, ****

“Built over two centuries of Perpendicular ascendancy after the Black Death, it piles high above its constricted urban site. A style so often dull is here exhilarating, the vistas majestic, the furnishings rich. As the country towns of England emerge from relative depression, these vast churches must revive as centres of cultural and civic activity.”

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