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The English House : The Story of a Nation at Home - Clive Aslet

The English House

The Story of a Nation at Home

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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.

Forewordp. 1
An Ordinary London Terraced Housep. 3
A Stone-Built Norman Home: Boothby Pagnell Manor Housep. 12
A Yeoman's House of Wood: The Clergy House, Alfristonp. 33
Showing Off in Brick: East Barsham Manorp. 51
A House Made from a Church: Buckland Abbeyp. 60
A Classical Sporting Pavilion: Lodge Parkp. 73
The Town House of a Puritan: The Merchant's House, Marlboroughp. 86
A Baroque Architect's Romantic Caprice: Vanbrugh Castle, Greenwichp. 95
A Georgian House in Town: 19 New King Street, Bathp. 107
A Curate's Picturesque Garden: The Wakes, Selbornep. 119
A Home for Mill Workers: 10 North Street, Cromfordp. 131
A Duke's Flight of Fancy: Endsleigh Cottagep. 141
Pugin's House by the Sea: The Grange, Ramsgatep. 155
High Farming in Cumbria: Mechi Farmp. 171
Artistic London at Home: 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensingtonp. 183
An Antidote to Industrialism: Brantwoodp. 197
The Triumph of Local Materials: Marsh Courtp. 210
A Brewer's Hymn to Empire: Elveden Hallp. 220
The Semi and the Suburbs: 7 Blyth Grove, Worksopp. 233
Building a New Britain: The Amersham Prefabp. 251
Whatever Next?: The Butterfly Housep. 262
Further Readingp. 275
Indexp. 293

ISBN: 9780747577973
ISBN-10: 0747577978
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st November 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.568
Edition Number: 1