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- Semi-Detached London
- Suburban Development, Life and Transport, 1900-39
- The author participated in the great suburban expansion of London between the wars, exploring new estates with his parents at weekends until, after overmuch deliberation they eventually left their rented Victorian terrace house in Tottenham for a brash speculative builder's villa fifteen miles further out, standing in detached splendour upon a fenced plot carved from a Hertfordshire wheatfield. He has long cherished a perverse affection for London's modern suburbs and his book brings together over twelve years' leisure-time research, breaking new ground in urban history.
- The result is presented in seventeen richly-detailed chapters and several appendicies covering all aspects of the subject, forming an authoritative, balanced account of the Great Suburban Age before the Green Belt and the Development Plan. The roles of the speculative builder, estate developer and local authorities all receive careful attention and the author's special knowledge of London's roads and rail transport systems ensures that the leading part they played throughout the period is fully examined.
- Students of social, urban and transport history and of house design will find the book and indispensable reference source and indicator for further research. Those familiar with London's sprawling suburbs, whether they have lived in them or not, are sure to enjoy the diverse and often entertaining revelations of the background to a familiar enviroment
- 1973, Hardback, 1st Edition, 381 pages, 5¾" x 8¾"
- George, Allen & Unwin Publishing
- ISBN-10 004902003x
- ISBN-13 9780049020030
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