300 Years of Housing

This film provides a brief introduction to the evolution of UK housing over the last three hundred years. It replaces an earlier film 'A Brief History of Housing', which has now been discontinued. Using a variety of archive footage, archive photographs, graphics and newly filmed video, it shows how housing styles and construction have changed since 1700, and explores some of the forces which brought about that change.

  • Demise of timber frame, 16th century stone buildings
  • Queen Anne housing and rise of classicism
  • Baroque housing, the rise of the Georgian terrace, Regency housing
  • Working class housing, back to backs, terraces
  • Improvements to Victorian housing, 'villa' in the suburbs
  • Early council housing, garden city estates
  • Speculative development in between the Wars, 1940s prefabs
  • Post war system building, high rise, 1970s and 1980s estates, moving back into the city

Copyright UWE, Bristol 2002

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