A Personal History of English Domestic Architecture
This book presents a rich and rewarding history of houses in England through the stories of nine houses, dating from the 1600s to the 1980s, which have been inhabited by the author, an architect and academic. Chronologically ordered, the book covers rural vernacular houses from the 17th Century, Georgian and Victorian townhouses, villas and converted industrial buildings, Edwardian semis, 20th Century council housing, and mixed tenure new developments. Each chapter then examines its historical context, before making a detailed analysis of the buildings design and layout, usefully illustrated with architectural drawings. Each chapter sets out lessons learnt from each house/historic period and compares them with contemporary houses which use similar materials, construction techniques, or ideas.