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The small house in eighteenth-century London : a social and architectural history /
Peter Guillery ; drawings by Andrew Donald ; new photographs by Derek Kendall.
imprint
New Haven : Published for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press in association with English Heritage, c2004.
description
vii, 351 p. : ill. (some col.), maps.
ISBN
0300102380 (cl : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven : Published for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press in association with English Heritage, c2004.
isbn
0300102380 (cl : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5103443
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-12-01:
London is filled with grand 18th-century structures, but Guillery focuses needed attention on the more modest dwellings of London's artisans, merchants, and laborers. Here vernacular elements--the result of local traditions, varieties of construction skills, lack of standardization--predominated, with buildings varying in size from one or two rooms to multistoried row houses. Many doubled as workplaces, and some aspired to gentility by adding classical decoration. An investigator for England's Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, Guillery has crafted a work of exemplary scholarship that explores the housing in London's peripheral neighborhoods and assesses the capital's impact on similar dwellings elsewhere in Britain and as far away as Colonial America. It is a fully documented text, with a comprehensive bibliography, appendix of archival references, and nearly 300 outstanding illustrations, most of which carry explanatory captions and include historic photographs, paintings, color photos of surviving or altered structures, plans, perspective reconstructions, and maps. All that is lacking is a glossary of architectural terms. This well-argued and meticulously researched book will appeal less to general readers than to scholars, who will find it indispensable for understanding a neglected aspect of 18th-century British urban culture. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. W. S. Rodner Tidewater Community College
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Peter Guillery discusses what we can learn from the modest & largely forgotten London houses built in the 18th century for artisans & labourers. In so doing he examines the effects of creeping industrialisation & considers the nature of speculative suburban growth.
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London's modest eighteenth-century houses--those inhabited by artisans and laborers in the unseen parts of Georgian London--can tell us much about the culture of that period. This fascinating book examines largely forgotten small houses that survive from the eighteenth century and sheds new light on both the era's urban architecture and the lives of a culturally distinctive metropolitan population. Peter Guillery discusses how and where, by and for whom the houses were built, stressing vernacular continuity and local variability. He investigates the effects of creeping industrialization (both on house building and on the occupants), and considers the nature of speculative suburban growth. Providing rich and evocative illustrations, he compares these houses to urban domestic architecture elsewhere, as in North America, and suggests that the eighteenth-century vernacular metropolis has enduring influence.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
The vernacular metropolis : looking across eighteenth-century Londonp. 7
'The multiplicity of human habitations' : understanding eighteenth-century London's smaller-house architecturep. 39
Another Georgian spitalfields : workshop tenements in London's silk districtp. 79
Across London Bridge : tanning, timber and tradition in Southwark and Bermondseyp. 117
Waste and place : Mile End Road, Kingsland Road and ambivalence at the marginsp. 161
The military-industrial satellite : shipbuilding and housebuilding from Deptford to Woolwichp. 193
Between picturesque and respectable : urban-vernacular architecture and gentility in London's outlying settlementsp. 235
Along the coast and across the sea : reflections of the vernacular metropolisp. 267
'Despicable cottages' : improvement and artisan eclipsep. 279
A living tradition? : concluding remarksp. 297
Abbreviationsp. 303
Notesp. 304
List of investigated sites with related archive file referencesp. 328
Bibliographyp. 330
Illustration creditsp. 342
Indexp. 343
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