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Edinburgh's Colonies [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Richard Rodger
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30 Sep 2011
Few cities can boast housing estates with the distinctiveness and charm of 'the Colonies' of Edinburgh. After a dispute in 1861 a group of building workers formed the Edinburgh Co-operative Building Company. They bought some land on the fringe of the city, contributed their own labour, and built the colony houses at Stockbridge. The rest is history - 150 years of continuous history. Eventually more than 2300 houses were built on 13 sites. None has been demolished; few have lain empty. The workmen knew what people wanted and could afford. Right up to the present day Colonies addresses are much sought after. Edinburgh's Colonies reviews the historical background to a remarkable phase in housing history. Based on extensive new research, the book provides insights into a wider social history of Edinburgh that resulted in the construction of so many colonies scattered around the city.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Argyll Publishing; first edition (30 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906134782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906134785
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Rodger is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh. His books include 'Scottish Housing in the Twentieth Century' (1989), 'European Urban History' (1993) and 'Housing in Urban Britain 1780 1914' (1995).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Solving the mystery of "The Colonies" 10 Jan 2012
By nannyo
My son had just bought a ground floor flat in "The Colonies" and it set us all wondering about the name and the origin of these properties situatated around Edinburgh when we saw this book advertised The book is very readable and very informative about the properties as well as other housing information about Edinburgh's housing.I would recommend it to anyone at all interested in the social history of Edinburgh.Since I gave my a son a copy for his Christmas.Then someone gave ME a copy for MY Christmas! Since then I have bought another copy for my cousin who lives in Edinburgh
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Edinburgh's Colonies' is a such a great book 23 Jun 2013
I live in Edinburgh and adore our Colonies (enclaves of rows of delightful houses, in various parts of the city.) I found this book an absorbing read, about the history of this unique housing - originally created, with support from public figures, as decent, cheapish-to-buy housing for working people, in response to the appalling housing conditions in Edinburgh in the mid 1800's. I re-read the book several times, and looked at the excellent photos at least 50 times! The story dwindles, as the impetus for this unique building programme dwindled, but it's a great read, and includes lots of relevant facts (e.g. occupations of some owners, in some areas) without ever becoming tedious to me (a non-academic). It is a very special book.
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