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From industrial terrace to stately pile and beyond - the endlessly fascinating story of the English house and the English at home.
In this groundbreaking work, Clive Aslet brings us face to face with the personalities, technologies, industries and histories that have shaped the English domestic house.
The journey begins at Clive's family home in nineteenth-century London, from where we peer out at the back-breaking business of brick-making and the gory executions at Tyburn. He then takes us to twenty houses around England, each throwing open a window onto a different period of history. From the imaginative wooden house a Marlborough silk merchant built for himself after 1653's Great Fire, to a populist row of flat-roofed prefabs on the outskirts of Amersham in 1947, Clive explores how our basic concept of 'home' has evolved through the years.
On the grander end of the spectrum we meet 'house as metaphor, house as art' at colossal Elveden Hall in Suffolk, a glittering tribute to the Taj Mahal that nearly bankrupted the original Indian owner, and the Butterfly House in Surrey, a twenty-first century glass-and-fibres homage to nature and a glimpse at the future of housing.
The English House is a complete and captivating exploration of the way the English have lived over the last millennium.
About the Author
Clive Aslet joined the magazine Country Life in 1977, and is now Editor at Large. He writes extensively for paper such as the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and the Sunday Times, and often broadcasts on radio and television. An authority on British life, he is well known as a campaigner on countryside and other issues. Clive's first book The Last Country House was published in 1982. His most recent book is the highly acclaimed Landmarks of Britain. Married with three children, he divides his time between London and Ramsgate.
|An Ordinary London Terraced House||p. 3|
|A Stone-Built Norman Home: Boothby Pagnell Manor House||p. 12|
|A Yeoman's House of Wood: The Clergy House, Alfriston||p. 33|
|Showing Off in Brick: East Barsham Manor||p. 51|
|A House Made from a Church: Buckland Abbey||p. 60|
|A Classical Sporting Pavilion: Lodge Park||p. 73|
|The Town House of a Puritan: The Merchant's House, Marlborough||p. 86|
|A Baroque Architect's Romantic Caprice: Vanbrugh Castle, Greenwich||p. 95|
|A Georgian House in Town: 19 New King Street, Bath||p. 107|
|A Curate's Picturesque Garden: The Wakes, Selborne||p. 119|
|A Home for Mill Workers: 10 North Street, Cromford||p. 131|
|A Duke's Flight of Fancy: Endsleigh Cottage||p. 141|
|Pugin's House by the Sea: The Grange, Ramsgate||p. 155|
|High Farming in Cumbria: Mechi Farm||p. 171|
|Artistic London at Home: 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington||p. 183|
|An Antidote to Industrialism: Brantwood||p. 197|
|The Triumph of Local Materials: Marsh Court||p. 210|
|A Brewer's Hymn to Empire: Elveden Hall||p. 220|
|The Semi and the Suburbs: 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop||p. 233|
|Building a New Britain: The Amersham Prefab||p. 251|
|Whatever Next?: The Butterfly House||p. 262|
|Further Reading||p. 275|
Published: 1st November 2008
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.6 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.568