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The English Semi-Detached House: How and why the semi became Britain's most popular house-type.

Finn Jensen

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 255

  • Publisher: Ovolo

  • Date Published: Nov 2007

  • Stock Code: 60923

  • ISBN: 9780954867430

  • Binding: Paperback

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The English Semi-Detached House documents the history of the peculiarly British architectural compromise: the semi-detached house. More than one third of us live in one - many built in the 20 years between the First and Second World Wars. Designed to appeal to a growing middle class, the history of the semi-detached is the history of suburbia. Finn Jensen shows how the roots of the semi go back to aristocratic inventions in the 17th century, and started to take off in the 19th, with a rich profusion of styles. By 1850 the middle class had grown to a third of the population, and used the new trams and suburban railways to escape the smoke.

As the English largely declined to invest in tenements, preferring the simpler terrace, cities sprawled as far as the public transport routes could extend. Between the two great wars some 76,000 builders produced three million semis in a variety of styles, the greatest housebuilding boom England ever experienced. The fully annotated and indexed text is accompanied by hundreds of photographs, drawings and copies of original source material.

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