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Victorian Housebuilding By Kit Wedd

Victorian Housebuilding by Kit Wedd

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The Victorian suburbs, now such a familiar element of the British townscape, were once building sites where armies of workmen converged to cover open land with streets of modest, comfortable houses. This title celebrates the work of the men who, plot by plot, translated surveyors' drawings and piles of materials into streets of dwellings.

Victorian Housebuilding Summary

Victorian Housebuilding by Kit Wedd

The Victorian suburbs, now such a familiar element of the British townscape, were once building sites where armies of workmen converged to cover open land with streets of modest, comfortable houses. Despite their large scale and uniform appearance, most developments were built a few houses at a time by small firms operating on the narrowest of profit margins. Everyone on the building site had his place in the hierarchy of trades and the sequence of work, and each craftsman guarded his own tools and trade secrets, the fruits of his years in work that was dirty, strenuous and sometimes downright dangerous. In this lively investigation of the nineteenth-century building industry, Kit Wedd celebrates the work of the men who, plot by plot, translated surveyors' drawings and piles of materials into streets of dwellings that are as desirable today as when they first appeared.

About Kit Wedd

Kit Wedd is an architectural historian and works as a heritage advisor for an engineering consultancy. She has written many articles on historical conservation and interior decoration and is an active member of the Victorian Society. Her other books include The Victorian Society Book of the Victorian House, and The Victorian Bathroom Catalogue.

Table of Contents

?Introduction / Suburban Development / House Designs / On Site / Working Life / Conclusion / Further Reading / Index

Additional information

GOR010710668
9780747810957
0747810958
Victorian Housebuilding by Kit Wedd
Used - Like New
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
20121110
56
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