My most recent academic publication is a paper on fourteenth-century Bristol architecture in John Munns (ed), Decoraed Revisited:
English Architectural Style in Context, 1250-1400 (Brepols, 2017)( ‘The Bristol Master and the ambitions of Decorated’ outlines my current thinking on this remarkable and controversial designer and his art.

The paper draws partly on a research project on the Outer North Porch of St Mary Redcliffe, a remarkable building that has never been studied so deeply. Commissioned by the parish as a support for conservation work, the report, completed in 2015, is available online:

I co-edited with Beth Williamson the volume Medieval Architecture, art and history at Bristol Cathedral: an enigma explored (Boydell and Brewer, 2011) (, a collection of essays by Roger Leech, John McNeill, Christopher Wilson, Paul Crossley, Julian Luxford, James Clark, Joseph Bettey and others – including myself. It has been handsomely produced, with many illustrations, by Boydell and Brewer. It is available from them, from on- or off-line retailers, or direct from me ( for £55 (plus any post and packing).

Before that, there was Westbury-on-Trym, monastery, minster, college (Bristol Record Society, 2010), a volume co-authored with Professor Nicholas Orme. My contribution is a detailed analysis of the collegiate remains at Westbury, the church of which — unexceptional today — turns out to have incorporated a very unusual subterrenean burial chapel constructed by Bishop John Carpenter (d. 1476). Its history, decoration, architecture and iconography — all remarkable — can to a large extent be reconstructed. The publisher’s website is:

I also teach: I wrote and in alternate terms deliver the Oxford University Department of Continuined Education online course, The Architecture of the English Medieval Cathedral:

For details of my many tours and dayschools, see Join My Tours.

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