close
Navigation
Categories
Signed Books - Save 50%
  
Secure Payments
 
 
Payment Method
 
 

English Houses 1300-1800: Vernacular Architecture, Social Life

Author: Johnson, Matthew H. (North Carolina Stat
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Pub Date: 10/06/2010
ISBN: 9780582772182
Availability: Out Of Stock
Price-Match is available in-store for recommended titles in CCCU module handbooks
Quick overview Johnson applies his popular and engaging style to The English House, investigating the past of the thousands of old structures we see across the UK. Focusing on historical and social aspects of the houses and the people who lived in them, this book brings to life how our homes changed over the centuries to reflect our priorities.
£32.99
£29.69
Product description

Houses are more than a shelter from the elements: they also offer an unparalleled insight into the beliefs, ideas and experiences of the people who built and lived in them.


In this engaging book, Matthew Johnson looks at the traditional houses that still exist throughout the English countryside and examines the lives of the ordinary people who once occupied them. His wide-ranging narrative takes in the medieval hall and the community it framed; the rebuilding and 'improvement'of houses in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; and the rise of the Georgian Order in both architecture and eighteenth century culture.


This passionate book is animated by the conviction that old houses are much more than just pretty tableaux of an idyllic, unchanging rural England. Vernacular houses are compared to their larger, 'polite' counterparts, and English houses are placed in the wider context of the British Isles and the Atlantic world beyond. The result is a dynamic, compelling account of the development of houses in the English countryside and through this, a portrait of changing patterns of social life from medieval to modern times.


Richly illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings, this book will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the significance of our built heritage and the historic landscape.

Additional information