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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Houses of the Welsh Countryside A Study In Historical Geography

Houses of the Welsh Countryside
A Study In Historical Geography
In its first century, the Royal Commission has produced more than 55 major publications. These have already made an enormous contribution to the understanding of the archaeological, built and maritime heritage of Wales, and many more books are in the pipeline. All of the publications are available in public and institutional libraries throughout Wales as well as in the Commission’s library and archive search room in Aberystwyth. Books still available for sale are listed in the Bookshop

Houses of the Welsh Countryside - A study in historical geography
By Peter Smith
Published 1975 - Out of print

Review of Contents

This Contribution to European Architectural Heritage Year 1975 is published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office on behalf of the National Monuments Record and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales. It describes the development of Welsh domestic architecture from the late Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution. All house types - the medieval first-floor halls and hall-houses, the sub-medieval farmhouses of the Tudor and Stuart period, the gentry house of the Renaissance and cottages of quarryman and smallholder - are described and discussed not only in terms of their plan and construction but also in terms of their historical and geographical significance. The book is based on original fieldwork and research and is comprehensively illustrated by line drawings, maps and plates. Each section is arranged as an entity easy to follow by those unfamiliar with the technicalities of the subject. The drawings include cutaways and perspectives beside the customary details, plans and sections. The maps show the main whereabouts of salient features of plan, construction and ornament. Each map is accompanied by a commentary and lust of sites. a fascinating geography of building types emerges showing great variations between one district and another. The book should be invaluable to historians and geographers, to architects, surveyors and planners, and to all interested in Wales.

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