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Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular

1st Edition

Edited by Peter Guillery


214 pages

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This book extends the concept of British vernacular architecture beyond its traditional base of pre-modern domestic and industrial architecture to embrace other buildings such as places of worship, villas, hospitals, suburban semis and post-war mass housing. Engaging with wider issues of social and cultural history, this book is of use to anyone with an interest in architectural history.

Presented in an essentially chronological sequence, from the medieval to the post-war, diverse fresh viewpoints in the chapters of this book reinforce understanding of how building design emerges not just from individual agency, that is architects, but also from the collective traditions of society.


“Applied to building types and periods once considered outside the pale, this kind of scholarship may do much to demolish the academic hedgerows that have portioned the British architectural landscape for too long.”Buildings & Landscapes

Table of Contents

1.Introduction Peter Guillery 2. Pre-Reformation Parish Churches Paul Barnwell 3. Following the Geometrical Design Path from Ely to Jamestown, Virginia Laurie Smith 4. The Villa: Ideal Type or Vernacular Variant? Elizabeth McKellar 5. The York Retreat, ‘a Vernacular of Equality’ Ann-Marie Akehurst 6. Self-Conscious Regionalism: Dan Gibson and the Arts and Crafts House in the Lake District Esmé Whittaker 7. Tudoresque Vernacular and the Self-Reliant Englishman Andrew Ballantyne and Andrew Law 8. ‘The Hollow Victory’ and the Quest for the Vernacular: J.M. Richards and ‘the Functional Tradition’ Erdem Erten 9. A Modernist Vernacular? The Hidden Diversity of Post-war Council Housing Miles Glendinning 10. From Longhouse to Live/Work Unit: Parallel Histories and Absent Narratives Frances Holliss

About the Editor

Peter Guillery is a Senior Historian for the Survey of London, currently a part of English Heritage. He is the author of The Small House in Eighteenth-Century London (2004) and of other books and articles on diverse aspects of London’s architectural history. He is responsible for a forthcoming Survey of London volume on Woolwich.

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ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching