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The 1930s House Explained (England's Living History) [Paperback]

Trevor Yorke
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2 Nov 2006 England's Living History
This is a guide to the style of houses built in the 1930s. Tradition continued to dominate the outside while inside art deco was all the rage. It contains many photographs and detailed drawings.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846740029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846740022
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 15 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I trained as an artist, photographer, and map maker and use these illustrative skills to make easy to understand books about my favourite subject, English buildings. They are aimed at people who might be renovating, tracing the history of or just interested in local buildings, with clearly labelled drawings, diagrams and photos, specifically produced for each book, making them popular with beginners in the subject and students. They are published by Countryside Books who focus on value for money and hence most of my books have listed prices from only £4.99 - £9.99.
There are around twenty of my titles available on Amazon including a series on period houses from Tudor times through to the 1950s, famous buildings like Abbeys, Castles and Country Houses, and other subjects as diverse as narrowboats and gravestones!
I was born in Sussex in 1966, and currently live in Leek, on the edge of the Peak District, with my wife and two children. More details on my website:

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 14 April 2009
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Trevor Yorke clearly has a good understanding of the subject of housing design in the 1930's.

The book explains the various influences to the designs used and the social changes happening in the the 30's that prompted the new direction in house building. An interesting read for anyone interested in finding information about what features are original to a house of this period.

Seeing as how the choice of publications available on the subject is quite limited being such a specialist subject this publication is a fantastic effort, thank you Countryside books for publishing such an informative book.

The only reason I have given 4 stars instead of 5 is that the book is only 128 pages and I felt that Trevor Yorke probably has a lot more knowledge on the subject but has kept it a bit brief in places. So the only thing that would make the book better is a bit more of the same.

So in summary, this book is well worth buying if you are interested in the type of homes people lived in through the 1930's and during WW2 it provides an interesting history. Ideal for people restoring a house, trying to retain or replace original features.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British house history 29 Sep 2009
An excellent easy to read and understand description of the 1930's Uk housing stock. Why they are like they are and what was so good about their design. Their place in todays housing market and what attracts so many people to them.

A well documented book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None better or more fun to read 13 Sep 2010
By zippy
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I cannot recommend this book series highly enough! Each volume contains a treasure trove of usefula and fascinating information about each type of architecture, and what's more, is fully illustated - not just a windbag of text. No, these books are fun! There are a wealth of diagrams, fully labelled, plus lots of photos to explain all those large and small features of a period house, much of which I hadn't noticed and very much wish I had. These books are an excellent first choice for any student of historical architecture, house renovators, and dolls house modellers, especially the latter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed book 15 April 2011
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This book is packed full of detail to an extend it should have been a larger size. The book proved really good for my needs and if your interested in period buildings than I am sure you will like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read 20 Nov 2011
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I wanted to know a bit more about the house I live in, and this short book was packed with information. After skimming through it, I found myself looking at the house in a whole new light. From the shape of the porch to the curve of the bottom stair, many features of the house are explained with fascinating relation to social history. This really is a book that "explains" the house; where others just describe the characteristics of 1930s houses, this one opens your eyes to the reasons why 1930s houses were built the way they were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting AND helpful 12 Feb 2014
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This is one (Kindle) book I'm glad I bought. It's not very long, but has all the info you need to clarify how your 1930s house started out. Plus it has good illustrations and a social history which isn't worthy, but useful and fascinating. Take a look at your interwar house, then look at this - it will demystify those quirky 'original features' together with the ones covered up by later generations, and make you want to keep or reinstate them. I would like to get this as a paperback, too. A hugely useful reference book, which also provides a long list of other relevant books and internet links to similar subjects. Don't be without it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 12 Dec 2013
By D Irish
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It's not to brain taxing and those give and insight to house building in the 30's. Some useful information but don't expect it to be the fountain of knowledge but a good read all the same.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, short insight to 1930 house
Short and concise book about a 1930ies house touching on most aspects such as style and architecture. Good in conjunction with similar books.
Published 11 months ago by Peter Wurmsdobler
5.0 out of 5 stars The most complete story of 1930's homes
If you love 1930's homes in the UK then this book gives you all the information you'll need with great black and white pictures and lots of cut away illustrations. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Whiskyroom
4.0 out of 5 stars General interest book
A good book, but not much detail for the cost. I bought this to research the use of larders in kitchens; it does not go into any specifics but does give a good reference of general... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Duckpole
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Informative
I am interested in architecture of this period and see many examples of it in my hometown of Sheffield. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joshua Brailsford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but a bit pricey
Probably better as a Kindle edition if and when available - the hard copy version is a bit dear for its size
Published 18 months ago by Model Rocket Shop
5.0 out of 5 stars all you need
if like me you have a slight interest in 30s housing this is the book for you everything you need to know loads of photos and drawings after reading this im better informed. Read more
Published 20 months ago by m. dosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for A level History of Art project
My daughter is doing her A Level History of Art project on architecture from the renaissance in relation to social class and this litttle book has been very helpful
Published 21 months ago by sewer
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