The ONLY book about the pyramids in the British Isles
From Inverness to Cornwall, from Pembrokeshire to Norfolk, from the Antrim Coast to County Cork, the pyramids of Britain and Ireland are little-known but of great variety and interest.
In a series of journeys around both countries, David Winpenny tells the story of the mausoleums, memorials, garden ornaments, pumps, wellheads, boat houses, beacons, sculptures, churches, offices, shops, sports halls, swimming pools, cinemas, navigation marks and general pyramidal oddities that turn up in the most unexpected places - and of their builders.
The trail leads from eccentrics to engineers, via martyrs, philanthropists, ghosts, kings, musicians, heroes and villains. It uncovers forgotten corners of history and highlights unusual discoveries, like Britain’s only cast-iron pyramid, a Scottish Formica pyramid, an Irish pyramid that sheltered the IRA and a Welsh one made of roadsigns.
With an introduction that sets the pyramids of Britain and Ireland in their historical perspective, Up to a Point has something for everyone. Whether you have an interest in architecture, landscapes, gardening, Freemasonry, New Age ideas, scandalous family histories or just in what prompts people to place triangles together to make an interesting shape, Up to a Point will surprise and inspire you.
'A very comprehensive guide to the pyramids of Britain and Ireland with plenty of historical detail on each one. Unusually it includes modern sculptures and pyramid shaped offices and libraries.' - The Folly Fellowship
'I highly recommend this comprehensive reference book, a mammoth undertaking, which includes historic pyramids as well as those built in recent years. Chock full of pictures and well researched text, I'm sure I'll return to it again and again.' - website about Mad Jack Fuller
'This is an interesting and curious book . . . a thorough, 400-page illustrated guide to over 225 pyramids in Britain and Ireland. The book is well illustrated in black and whire photographs.' - C20 - Magazine of the Twentieth Century Society