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The Life of the British Home: An Architectural History

Edward Denison and Ren Guang Yu

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 304

  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

  • Date Published: Mar 2012

  • Stock Code: 76636

  • ISBN: 9780470683330

  • Binding: Hardback

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Unlocking the history of the British home, this book reveals how its layout has evolved from the Stone Age to the present day, to cater for the very different needs and lifestyles of its occupants. From modest ancient dwellings and medieval merchants’ houses to imposing stately mansions and modern urban estates, the book explores the forces that have shaped our homes and examines the attitudes and innovations of each age.

The story begins with the earliest Neolithic houses, built by the first people to surrender a nomadic way of life and settle on the land. It moves on to the Iron Age, and continues via the period of Roman invasion and classical order, the medieval era, the ostentatious mansions erected in Tudor times to display the wealth and social standing of their owners, and the urban civility of the Georgian terraces. It then turns to the villas and high–rise apartments of the Victorian period and, lastly, the 20th century, when domestic architecture had to respond to industrialisation and unprecedented urbanisation.

Each chapter brings these ideas to life by focussing on buildings that are accessible and open to the public. Featured homes include: stone dwellings in the Orkneys; roundhouses at Butser Ancient Farm; the Roman villa at Bignor; Anglo–Saxon homes at West Stow; the great fortified manor of Stokesay Castle; the Tudor mansions of Cowdray and Burghley House; the Palladian splendour of Moor Park; and the grand Georgian terraces of London, Bath and Brighton; as well as more modest Victorian terraced houses and pioneering post–war housing projects.

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About the Author

Edward Denison

Edward Denison is a heritage consultant, writer and architectural photographer specialising in architectural and urban history in a wide range of cultural contexts. His work for various international organisations, in places as diverse as Africa, China and Europe, regularly features in print, electronic and broadcast media internationally. Among his published works are several acclaimed and definitive studies, including McMorran & Whitby (RIBA Publishing, 2009), Modernism in China - Architectural Visions and Revolutions (Wiley, 2008), Building Shanghai - The Story of China's Gateway (Wiley, 2006) and Asmara ¬ Africa's Secret Modernist City (Merrell, 2003).

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