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Title London suburbs.

Published London : Merrell Holberton, 1999.

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 UniM Store  720.9421 LOND GD10    AVAILABLE
Physical description 240 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 27 cm
Contents Introduction: The Quality of the London Suburb / Andrew Saint 9 -- Chapter 1 From Aristocratic Ideal to Middle-Class Idyll: 1690-1840 / Chris Miele 31 -- Chapter 2 Infinite Variety in Brick and Stucco: 1840-1914 / Susie Barson 61 -- Chapter 3 Between the Wars: 1914-1940 / Roger Bowdler 103 -- Chapter 4 Road to Subtopia: 1940 to the present / Elain Harwood 131 -- Chapter 5 Place of Conservation / Eddie Booth 163 -- Gazetteer 176.
Summary Everyone has an idea of the suburb, can recognize and feel his or her version of the thing. At that point unanimity ends. The suburb has meant different things at different times to different people. Refuge for the riffraff beyond the confines of the ancient or medieval city; haven for the family, idyll of comfort, safety, ordinariness and respectability; picturesque medley of half-grasped building styles and over-foliaged gardens; place and space without definition or feeling, sandwiched between the sincerity of the countryside and the vitality of the city; focus for the independent and private way most people now live and want to live. All these perspectives of the suburb have their legitimacy and tell some part of the story.
The suburb also has a fabric, a real form and an architectural character. It is this heritage of the dynamic and fascinating story of London's suburban expansion, the complex result of chance, planning, geography, transport innovations and architects' ideas, that forms the subject of this book. From the devastating events that marked the beginning of London's suburban development -- the Great Plague in 1665 and the Great Fire in 1666, encouraging the search for greater safety and tranquillity beyond the city centre -- right up to the present, this book charts the many stages of London's outward growth, the imposition or the trickle-down of social and architectural ideas, its history of individual and public initiatives, its inner and outer rings, villages, centres and districts.
Subject Architecture -- England -- London -- History.
Suburbs -- England -- London.
ISBN 185894077X £25.00