Gothic Revival: Design in a Nutshell (1/6)


In medieval times, great buildings were created to impress the Almighty. By the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution was steaming full speed ahead. But not everybody appreciated what was happening. Admirers of the older, traditional Gothic style sought to revive it. They believed society needed more meaningful buildings. The Church of England was growing and the nation needed more churches. Sir George Gilbert Scott built so many Gothic Revival churches, he lost track of the ones that were his. Gothic Revivalists championed high, pitched roofs, tall spires, pinnacles and pointed arches. They adored cluster columns and quatrefoils, repeating patterns and holy crosses. They even appreciated the odd dead animal. The wealthy bought into Gothic in a big way. William Beckford, an eccentric millionaire built Font Hill House. This grandiose country mansion had a tower as high as a cathedral, which Beckford used as a dining room. Gothic Revival grew in popularity, eventually influencing every level of society, from what people wore, to the newspapers they read… and the garden benches they sat on. Without Gothic Revival, Lewis Carroll might never have taken us down the rabbit hole, the British government would be homeless and teenagers would probably never have learned the carnal pleasures of applying too much eyeliner. Are you ready to get your Goth on?

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  • I Like You, You See (IYQUC)

    I think saying churches were built to "impress" God is not accurate. The idea was to create a structure so grand that when seeing it outside or in, one would be awed at least a little bit (and sometimes a lot), which would remind one how powerful, majestic, and extraordinary God was–all in order to foster worship. Those were the ideal results, conceived in its purest form, anyway.

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  • DisplacerKatSidhe

    Great series! As a designer, I love it!

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  • Radi Radev

    Where is David Mitchell ? ūüôĀ

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  • BingBot

    … no energy at all

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  • jytt13

    The narration could do with some more spirit. Aside from that, it was great as always.

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  • Cathy Ross

    I really liked this – funny & interesting. Thank you

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  • Roman BRuni

    I totally agree. this content is totally inaccurate.

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  • Toast

    Not every scottish man is Scott Manley. This one just sounds a hell of a lot like him.

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  • 09319531 UCD

    yeah i think these mini series should be taken with a pinch of salt!

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  • -sunmask-

    Better than Moulin Rouge.

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  • KelniusTV

    If he said all that, it wouldn't be "in a nutshell" would it?

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  • Chris C

    What did gothic revival have to do with Alice in Wonderland?

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  • nik jaime

    I smirk at thee, foul commenters.

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  • Mick Mickymick

    That didn't teach me anything, other than those specific facts about those two dudes whose names I've already forgotten, I know nothing more about the gothic revival than I did before I started watching this video,

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  • Catherine Finch

    Please caption to share with viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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  • dlwatib

    I still love Gothic and Gothic Revival architecture for churches. Even an atheist can get a sense of the divine in a Gothic church. Nothing else really even comes close, with the possible exception of Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.

    It's a little less appropriate to build a Gothic house with a dining room in the tower though. Tudor half-timbered is a nice historic English style for residences.

    Rome is filled with classical churches, and those are nice too, but classical is more appropriate for governmental buildings. Classical is really meant to be a pure expression of power, not worship.

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  • Lawrence Lee

    like parts noteverything

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  • koreakiwi classical

    Art & Design

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  • Omium N.

    Can anyone tell me what his accent is?

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  • Bryan Waters

    In medieval times, great buildings were created to impress the Almighty. ¬†By the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution was steaming full speed ahead. ¬†But not everybody appreciated what was happening. ¬†Admirers of the older, traditional Gothic style sought to revive it. ¬†They believed society needed more meaningful buildings. ¬†The Church of England was growing and the nation needed more churches. ¬†Sir George Gilbert Scott built so many Gothic Revival churches, he lost track of the ones that were his. ¬†Gothic Revivalists championed high, pitched roofs, tall spires, pinnacles and pointed arches. ¬†They adored cluster columns and quatrefoils, repeating patterns and holy crosses. ¬†They even appreciated the odd dead animal. ¬†The wealthy bought into Gothic in a big way. ¬†William Beckford, an eccentric millionaire built Font Hill House. ¬†This grandiose country mansion had a tower as high as a cathedral, which Beckford used as a dining room. ¬†Gothic Revival grew in popularity, eventually influencing every level of society, from what people wore, to the newspapers they read…and the garden benches they sat on. ¬†Without Gothic Revival, Lewis Carroll might never have taken us down the rabbit hole, the British government would be homeless and teenagers would probably never have learned the carnal pleasures of applying too much eyeliner. ¬†Are you ready to get your Goth on?

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  • mesidonaa

    informative

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  • Isaac V

    Um… Bloodborne anyone?

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  • Y33T0

    I hate people when they beg for likes….. like if you agr-

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  • Dinga JNR

    most pointless videos i have to watch it for homework

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  • Benjamin Scott

    0:50 haha

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  • Tim McGee

    This whole "In a nutshell" series WAYYYY oversimplifies the topics – to the point of… 'why bother'?

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  • champion joe

    Bloodborne is a masterpiece

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  • Diego

    I did not learn

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