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House Histories

The Secrets Behind Your Front Door

Melanie Backe-Hansen



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01 February 2020
In House Histories, Britain's leading house historian uncovers the hidden stories and secrets of ordinary and extraordinary houses across the country. The wide range of houses, from workers' cottages to aristocratic mansions, offers a unique insight into our social and architectural history. Tudor farmhouses, Georgian town houses, modernist twentieth century designs and converted factories all have a tale to tell. From homes once occupied by famous figures such as H.G. Wells and Benjamin Disraeli to details of the daily lives of ordinary people living in railway and fishermen's cottages, the reader is taken through the centuries of change experienced by each house, exploring past occupants and architectural alterations. As a nation we are obsessed by property: prices, interior design and restoration, and the creation of a home. Now there is another avenue to explore: your house's history. House Histories helps readers get started by outlining the main research sources and how to use them. AUTHOR: Melanie Backe-Hansen is a House Historian and writes a regularly for various magazines and newspapers. She has also featured on numerous TV and radio programmes. This is her first book. She lives in London. 150 colour illustrations
By:   Melanie Backe-Hansen
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 263mm,  Width: 194mm, 
ISBN:   9780750992305
ISBN 10:   0750992301
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

MELANIE BACKE-HANSEN is a House Historian and writes a regularly for various magazines and newspapers. She has also featured on numerous TV and radio programmes. She lives in London.

Reviews for House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door

A book that goes out of its way to prove that every house has a story to tell, and what stories. A surprising and often inspiring journey into the past through some of Britain's most fascinating homes. -- Professor David Olusoga A fascinating and beautifully detailed guide to exploring house history, in this exquisitely illustrated book, Mel uncovers wonderful houses, their histories and fascinating residents from Eleanor Rathbone to Ian Fleming. -- Professor Kate Williams A wonderful combination of inspiring stories and practical advice that makes you want to research the history of your own house. -- Dr Nick Barratt Melanie Backe-Hansen's book is an indispensable guide to researching the history of your home. Case studies from her own house histories take the reader through the process step-by-step, illuminating not only changes in the architecture and interiors of ordinary and extraordinary houses through time but also shedding light on the lives of a wide range of occupants from public figures to working men and women. -- Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan

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