|Title: Shell Guide to
Author: Norman Scarfe
Date published: 1960, 1976
Status: out of print
What is it? The Suffolk volume in the Shell series of gazeteers of English counties. The series was edited by John Betjeman.
What's it like? Little
old market town on side of low hill to which it owes its
greatness, the site of one of the chief English baronial
castles. Observe at leisure the mellow beauty of all the
ancient houses and shops of the town, their red pantiled
roofs climbing one above the other from the mill-brook at
the bottom to group themselves round the triangle of the
market place. (Framlingham)
What's good about it? A period piece of sorts; the easily-obtained 1960 edition is beautiful, containing endpapers by John Piper.
What's bad about it? Entries are very brief, yet still manage to be Arthur Mee-like. Scarfe's views of 19th century art, for example his opinion of the work of the great Henry Holiday at Shimpling, have not stood the test of time.
Overall rating: 2/5