Regency House Styles (Britain's Living History) (Paperback) by Yorke Trevor
The word 'Regency' has long been associated with elegance conjuring up visions of fashionably-dressed ladies and gentlemen promenading along streets lined with refined terraced houses and villas. Although strictly covering the decade from 1811 when King George III fell ill until his death in 1820 the period is often used loosely to include the latter years of the 18th century up until the time Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837. The era saw a good deal of change. The industrial revolution marked the spread of factories; there were rapid developments in transport; global expansion of commerce and trade; and groundbreaking legislation including the abolition of slavery. These changes created an unprecedented demand for new houses especially from a newly wealthy middle class and offered a multitude of choice in furniture and fabrics to decorate them. Spa towns such as Cheltenham anbd Leamington developed during this time along with seaside resorts such as Brighton. Using his own drawings and full colour photographs Trevor Yorke explains the background and describes the architecture fixture and fittings that made the Regency period so distinctive. Also included is a list of country houses and urban streets to visit and a glossary of terms. This book will be welcomed by everyone with an interest in the period and especially by those living in and restoring a Regency style house of their own.