Flint Flushwork

A Medieval Masonry Art

Stephen Hart

A thorough survey of Flint Flushwork decoration, one of the finest artistic forms of the medieval craftsman.
Date Published :
May 2008
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Illustration :
16 color, 75 black and white
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ISBN : 9781843833697
Pages : 199
Dimensions : 9.5 x 6.75 inches

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Flint Flushwork is a wholly external decorative medium, where the skills of medieval craftsman blended with the iconography of the medieval church to create a unique new art form. It is an artistic achievement that is built into the very fabric of many hundreds of medieval churches. As such, many examples of Flushwork survive where more impermanent artworks have succumbed to the ravages of reformation and over-zealous restoration. Despite this, however, it has not attracted the same depth of research and analysis as other aspects of church architecture.

This book provides a wide perspective on the several different modes of Flushwork that have been identified. By elucidating, and putting within their architectural and spiritual context, the various strands of the art, it aims to encourage a greater understanding and wider appreciation of this relatively uncharted branch of church art.

About The Author

Dr Stephen Hart is a Senior Lecturer with special responsibilities at the Department of War Studies, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been published widely on military history topics, particularly British and German operations during WWII.


What is Flushwork?
Flushwork Themes
Themes with Affinity to Flushwork
The Architectural Setting
Kindred Features
Flushwork Gazetteer
Appendix A: Buildings with Flushwork
Appendix B: Churches with Flushwork
Appendix C: Shallow-sunk stone head panels
Appendix D: Norwich style Flushwork on Church Tower Parapets

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