Everyman's Castle: The Story Of Our Cottages, Country Houses, Terraces, Flats, Semis And Bungalows by Philippa LewisEveryman's Castle: The Story Of Our Cottages, Country Houses, Terraces, Flats, Semis And Bungalows by Philippa Lewis

Everyman's Castle: The Story Of Our Cottages, Country Houses, Terraces, Flats, Semis And Bungalows

byPhilippa Lewis

Hardcover | June 10, 2014

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An Englishman's home has always been his castle.Everyman's Castlerestores people to the panorama of domestic architecture.Philippa Lewisturns an affectionate eye to the characteristics of British types of houses - 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? How were the interior spaces used and altered over time? This books provides insight to all these questions, even what sort of message the design of a house sends about the inhabitants, 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 acclaimedEverything You Can Do in the Garden Without Actually Gardening,Philippa Lewisbuilds up the story using original specifications, plans and architects' writings on the various types of houses, and then layering in the experiences or expectations of those who lived in them, drawing on novels, diaries, letters, magazines, even sale advertisements.

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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Title:Everyman's Castle: The Story Of Our Cottages, Country Houses, Terraces, Flats, Semis And BungalowsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.62 × 6.62 × 1 inPublished:June 10, 2014Publisher:Frances Lincoln AdultLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0711233381

ISBN - 13:9780711233386

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'Absorbing for the urban geographer.'