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Semi-Detached London

Suburban Development, Life and Transport, 1900-39, 1st Edition

By Richard J R Kirkby


376 pages

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Originally published in 1973, Semi-Detached London looks at the great suburban expansion of London between the two world wars. The book covers all aspects of urban history, presenting an authoritative and balanced account of the Great Suburban Age, and the final uninhibited forty years before the Green Belt and Development Plan. The roles of the speculative builder, the estate developer and the local authorities receive careful attention and the author’s special knowledge of London’s transport systems ensures that the leading part they played is fully developed. Students of social, urban and transport history will find this book a valuable source of reference.

Table of Contents

Author’s Preface


1. The Fertile Ground

2. Suburbia 1900-14

3. Council Cottges 1900-14

4. Case Studies 1900-14

5. Some Homes for Heroes 1919-25

6. Speculators’ Suburbia 1923-39

7. Building Estates 1920-39

8. Homes for the Mortgaded

9. Council Cottages 1920-39

10. Life in the Neo-Georgian Suburbs

11. Suburban Money 1925-39

12. Selling the Suburb

13. Transport for the Suburbs

14. Neo-Georigan Case Studies: (1) Edgware, the Underground Suburb

15. Neo-Georgian Case Studies: (2) Southern Electric Stoneleigh

16. Neo-Georgian Case Studies: (3) The LCC Cottage Estates

17. Hitler Stops the Sprawl

Epilogue: Or Planning Unplanned


1. Greater London Population 1901-39

2. Suburban Electric Tramway Development 1901-32

3. Suburban Motorbus Route Development 1910-39

4. New Suburban Railway Facilities 1901-40

5. Co-partnership Housing Estates

6. Specifications and Plans of London Suburban Houses

Select Bibliography


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban History

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1983, draw together research by leading academics on William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine the historical, political and philosophical, whilst also exploring their work with other political figures such as Paul Kruger. This set will be of interest to students of history and politics respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General