The Town House in Medieval and Early Modern Bristol
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        Publication Date

        15 Nov 2014

        Summary

        An examination of the urban development of Bristol - a town which for much of its history was second only to London in size and importance. This study uses documentary and physical evidence to reconstruct the fabric of a city and the social character of its different parts.
        9920595
        9920595

        Main Summary

          This study, covering the period c.1000 to c.1800 AD, is of the medieval and early modern houses of Bristol, England’s second city in the later middle ages and again in the 18th century.  Based partly on the survey of surviving early buildings, the study also makes extensive use of documentary evidence and records of houses now demolished to analyse how town houses reveal the social structure and aspirations of Bristol’s citizens in this period.

          The development of the town and city in the medieval and the early modern period is examined, then aspects of life on the urban tenement plot.  The principal house types of the medieval period are fully explored, showing the aspirations and separate identity of the urban elite in the largest of such houses. Changes to existing houses and the emergence of socially distinct neighbourhoods all serve to underline differences in life style and status. Similar houses in North America and the West Indies underline Bristol’s pre-eminent position as a commercial city on the Atlantic rim in the 17th and 18th centuries.

          This book demonstrates the possibilities for using documentary and physical evidence to reconstruct the fabric of a city and the social character of its different parts.  Particularly important is the development of a new way of looking at medieval and early modern urban housing, focusing specifically on the relationships between different building types and changes in building forms, both of which reveal the complex character of an evolving commercial city.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Roger Leech

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          246mm

          Number of Illustrations

          550

          Number of Pages

          452

          ISBN

          9781848020535

          Contents

            1. Introduction
            2. The Saxon and medieval town
            3. Developers - The early modern city
            4. The urban tenement plot in the medieval city
            5. The Hallhouse
            6. The Shophouse
            7. The complexities of commerce
            8. The residential house
            9. The garden house
            10. Spaces and changes
            11. The company of the town
            12. Bristol and the Atlantic world
            13. Town Houses - Merchant Capitalism and the Streets of Bristol

            Reviews

              This book is clearly the result of a labour of love and offers as much in the way of social as architectural history, revealing the character of Bristol as a commercial city of great character and interest.
              Stuart Mee
              SPAB. Summer 2015
              ... this richly textured and thoughtful study, created through a long and profound study of words, images, and structures, will provoke thought and emulation elsewhere, and take a centre place amongst the new generation of town studies, meanwhile introducing us to a memorable parade of superb streets, buildings, and interiors from all periods.
              Julian Munby
              The Archaeological Journal, Volume 173, 2016
              ... a learned, painstaking, thoroughly researched and handsomely illustrated reconstruction of an urban fabric now largely lost or overlain.
              Frank Kelsall
              English Heritage Historical Review, Volume 9, 2014
              ... a triumph of dedicated scholarship and an inspiration to other urban historians. ... this is a magnificent achievement which will help to shape future approaches to the study of urban history.
              Malcolm Airs
              British Journal of Archaeological Association, March 2016
              ... It can be strongly recommended to everyone with an interest in urban housing.
              Nat Alcock
              Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society, Volume 60, March 16
              Professor Leech has written what must remain for decades the definitive account. ... for anyone with an interest in the topic it is worth every penny for the instruction and pleasure it will afford. More, it is indispensable.
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