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Book reviews — June 1986

'HOUSE AND HOME' by Anthony Quiney
B.B.C. Publications. £9.95
Having an interest in vernacular architecture, I could not resist a book that sets out to take one through the construction of smaller English houses. Anthony Quiney guides us step by step from the Yeoman's Hall, through the industrious homes of weavers and the 'two-up, two-downs' of Preston, Georgian terraces of Islington, and semidetached suburbia, to present day housing co-operative estates. He spans the building of small residential houses from the mid-1400s to the 1980s showing the different techniques adopted as materials and ideas changed. He moves from county to county illustrating the relevant points he wishes to make on regional differences. Mr. Quiney also shows the social and economic changes and how they affected the types of houses our forefathers lived in and the way in which they lived. It never occurred to me that people who had lived in the country and had now come to live and work in an industrial town, would think it quite natural to keep chickens or pigs in the back yard, albeit only 6 feet or so from the rear of a two-up, two down, and a fundamental contravention of the 1848 Public Health Act.

I found it an interesting and informative book and eagerly await the B.B.C. television series 'House and Home' due to be broadcast on BBC2. The book was written to accompany the T.V. series. PETER J. SKILTON

Good news is that a revised edition of Dr. Cossons' book is to be reprinted shortly in a new format (see GLIAS Newsletter 102 page 3). If there is anyone who cannot wait, a few copies of the present edition are still in stock at City University bookshop. To buy one all you need do is phone the University (253-4399) during working hours, ask for the bookshop, and they will put one in the post. To make things really easy credit cards will be honoured by giving the number over the telephone. Other IA titles can also be ordered this way. Incidentally if anyone wants a copy of 'London's Docks' by John Pudney the Science Museum bookshop has copies. BOB CARR

© GLIAS, 1986