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Everyman's Castle: The story of our cottages, country houses, terraces, flats, semis and bungalows [Hardcover]

Philippa Lewis
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5 Jun 2014

'Remarkable... traces the whole story of domestic architecture in Britain.' AN Wilson, Sunday Telegraph

An Englishman’s home has always been his castle. Everyman’s Castle restores people to the panorama of domestic architecture.

Philippa Lewis turns an affectionate eye to the characteristic British types of house – cottages, farmhouses, semi-detached, suburban, flats, terraces, bungalows, country houses – and charts their rise and fall. How were they perceived when they were built, and what happened to them subsequently? What sorts of messages did the design of a house send about the inhabitant, from stairs up to the front door (implying servants living below) in a Victorian terrace to bay windows (implying private ownership) in the twentieth century?

The book is thoroughly and beguilingly illustrated with amusing and out-of-the-way material from a wide variety of sources. Using the same technique as her acclaimed Everything You Can Do in the Garden Without Actually Gardening, Philippa Lewis builds up the story using original specifications, plans and architects’ writings on various types of houses, then layering in the experiences or expectations of those who lived in them, drawing on novels, diaries, letters, magazines and even sale advertisements.

 

 


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711233381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711233386
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 16.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This remarkable book traces the whole story of domestic architecture in Britain. The author takes us from the primative huts at the time of the Domesday Book to Thirties suburbs. It paints the grandeur of great country houses, such as Houghton, and chronicles the development of urban squares and terraces. It escorts us unblinkingly into the shaming slums, in which those who toiled for our 19th-century wealth were compelled to live and die; and it ends in a glorious chapter, my own favourite, on bungalows’

(A N Wilson Sunday Telegraph)

About the Author

PHILIPPA LEWIS is a picture researcher, author and editor. Previous publications include Details: A Guide to House Design in Britain and Everything You Can Do in the Garden Without Actually Gardening. She is married to the painter Miles Thistlethwaite and lives in Somerset.


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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like houses you'll like this. 25 July 2014
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An excellent book. It is detailed and informative. The social history is interesting as it impacts on the types of dwellings illustrated and vice versa.
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An excellent well researched account of dwellings in the Uk over a long period of history.
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