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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846740517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846740510
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,890 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: www.trevoryorke.co.uk

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Swanton on 10 Nov. 2009
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Both this, and other architectural books from Countryside Books are excellent. I am an interior design student and found this book indispensable when studying the Georgian era (I also used 'British Architectural Styles' by Trevor Yorke - which I would also recommend highly). The illustrations are very good, and the text to the point and readable - although this is a 'simple' book, it is by no means 'simplistic', and is a perfect introduction to the subject. Small enough to put in your bag (or a large pocket!)- it is invaluable for taking out and about with you if you are interested in historical architecture.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen_H on 20 July 2009
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I particulary enjoyed reviewing the blueprints of the houses along with the explanations of the logic behind them. Beauty, simplicity and symmetry were of primary importance with comfort lagging somewhat behind. Certainly a fireplace decorated by Robert Adams beats out a Swedish or German stove for beauty any day of the week even if it does mean adding a shawl or two or three. The book is a must for any lover of Georgian or Regency houses. Who could have guessed the horror of the Victorian house with its choppy over-filled rooms was coming around the corner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Robison on 29 Feb. 2012
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This book has been very helpful in researching the Georgian and Regency (Late Georgian) styles of London. It contains both illustrations of how rooms would look as well as black and white photographs of real details to assist in identifying buildings. It also has a few illustrations of interior details like fireplaces, mouldings, ironworking and stairs as well as how certain aspects of the house worked mechanically. It's 128 pages including the index.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kaz and the chicks on 25 Jan. 2012
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Faced with the choice of several reference books on Georgian architecture I picked this as you could look at it via the 'preview'button so I knew roughly what to expect. It's a handy small size so it can be tucked in a bag or large pocket if you like getting out and about looking at various buildings. There's a huge amount of photos with many done as detailed close-ups and I found it good they are all back and white so your eye is not detracted by colour. The author takes individual components such as doors, windows, roofs etc and talks in detail about them but also goes through the compositon and architectural decor of various rooms.I puchased it specifically as a reference book to decorate my Georgian style dolls house but it's a must-have for anyone generally interested in architecture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elgar on 6 Mar. 2013
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A concise and informative guide to houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Written in plain English, with Numerous photographs and drawings to illustrate points mentioned in the text. Recommended to anyone who wishes to ascertain the date of a building, or who is just interested in houses of this period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zhlasuka on 27 Mar. 2013
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it is small and convenient to bring. the content describes the history and details of the georgian house. deserve to buy
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cari Hislop on 27 April 2010
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I thought this was going to go into detailed room layouts (like blue prints) of actual Georgian houses.
It did go into room layout, but I didn't like how they did it in a two dimensional drawings which I found
confusing and irritating. It wasn't what I wanted and I was disapointed. I wish Amazon would offer the ability to look into the first ten or twenty pages of every book. This will end up in the pile of books that I would never have bought had I been shopping in a real bookshop. To be faire it is a comprehensive little book, it's just written more for someone renovating a small or medium sized Georgian house or replacing fixtures than someone interested in historical information.
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By Martin Beck on 28 Jun. 2015
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It's OK, I guess I was looking for more pure architectural detail about the "golden rule" etc. As an overview it was interesting and some details given in good detail.
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