Presbytery of the Cathedral Church of St. Marie (1903). Norfolk Street, Sheffield, by Charles and C. M. E. Hadfield. Left: Looking past the Presbytery, one sees the beautiful slender steeple of the cathedral church. Right: A perspective view from the opposite angle. [Click on these images and the one below to enlarge them.]

Harman and Minnis, authors of the Pevsner guide to Sheffield, find that “the stone Gothic details . . . sit oddly with its sash windows” (120), and they very well may be right, but such juxtapositions are found widely in Tudor-revival buildings in England and America. Maddingly Hall, near Cambridge, provides a British example. If one takes the Ruskinian notion that one must great one's own style appropriate to time and place, which will probably have gothic elements, one would expect sash windows and other unexpected elements. Whereas the Cathedral Church of St. Marie exemplifies archeological gothic revival work following the precepts of Pugin, the presbytery designed half a century later clearly represents a different style, and the fact it uses brick rather than stone for its walls makes the divergence clear. It's also possible that to some extent the Hadfields have absorbed the influence of Norman Shaw.

The Virgin Mary by Frank Tory.

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Sheffield. Harman, Ruth, and John Minnis. Pevsner Architectural Guides. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 2004.

Crook, J. Mordaunt. The Dilemma of Style: Architectural Ideas from the Picturesque to the Post-Modern. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

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