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Old 16-01-2012, 05:19 PM
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I know quit a few people here do a lot of research for their period houses but if you just want to know e.g. why (the english) people changed e.g. their building materials from wood to bricks to sandstone and back to bricks I could recommend this book:
"At Home: A short history of private life" by Bill Bryson.
The book summary:
What does history really consists of? Centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - sleeping, eating, having sex, endeavouring to get comfortable.
And where did all these normal activities take place?
At home.
This was the thought that inspired Bill Bryson to start a journey around the rooms of his own house, an 1851 Norfolk rectory, to consider how the ordinary things in life came to be. And what he discovered are surprising connections to anything from the Crystal Palace to the Eiffel Tower, from scurvy to body-snatching, from bedbugs to the Industrial Revolution, and just about everything else that has ever happened, resulting in one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live.


I`m only half through the book but find it amusing, educating (no dry facts) and especially interesting because of the many victorian houses around the forum
At least I know now why there is a "drawing room" in the house which has nothing to do with drawing
And I'll have a if someone speaks of the "good old times".
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Old 17-01-2012, 07:49 PM
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Sounds interesting - will add finding this book to my list of things to do.
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Old 18-01-2012, 07:05 AM
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Sounds interesting ...
And funny
I know now
- how people had their meals served
- why there is a seperate dining room
- pro & contra different kind of light in the house (and has nothing to do with copper tape or socket method )

And because there are floorplans you can follow Bryson around his house...
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I think I need to add this to my Mothers day/ Birthday/ Christmas list ... should get lucky at one time or another ... lol
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Sounds like a good read. I love Bill Bryson, he's so funny. His travel books had my husband laughing out loud continuously.
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That book looks like a def must have for me lol. Have you been watching that series on tv on a wednesday eve called 'If walls could talk', well I think thats what its called any way lol. It is really interested and each week they go through the histroy of a different room. Would be helpfull if I could remember what channel it was on Doh! lol
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Old 24-02-2012, 06:24 PM
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I think I need to add this to my Mothers day/ Birthday/ Christmas list ... should get lucky at one time or another ...
Defenitly worth so good luck with your wish list

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Sounds like a good read. I love Bill Bryson, he's so funny. His travel books had my husband laughing out loud continuously.
Got the one about Australia and as coincidence was I traveled part of the book on a bus tour as I read it. We had fun me telling my travel fellows about each part

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That book looks like a def must have for me lol. ...
Espescially if you're interested in victorian houses:
E.g. I didn't know that most rooms were bright colors - if at all painted/wallpapered - and not these pastel I saw in books about real houses.
Or why you would need a helmet if you took a shower
So I had fun reading it and learned even some titbits
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That book looks like a def must have for me lol. Have you been watching that series on tv on a wednesday eve called 'If walls could talk', well I think thats what its called any way lol. It is really interested and each week they go through the histroy of a different room. Would be helpfull if I could remember what channel it was on Doh! lol
Found the series 'If walls could talk' yesterday on YouTube - and already downloaded all parts for later enjoyment - Think is a good source for all "in-period"-builders out there
You can see all episodes here:
If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home - YouTube

Summary for all which doesn't know the series:

You may love your home or you may be desperate to move, but either way you're probably familiar with its corner. But what do you really know about its history? Each room in your house has a longer and more intriguing history than you probably realise.
For the four-part BBC4 series 'If Walls Could Talk', Lucy Worsley has been investigating homes from all levels in society, from the Normans to the present day. She's been concentrating on ordinary homes, not just grand mansions, and looking at things like forks, and curtains, and wallpaper, and underwear, and cleaning products.
The Bedroom
The Bathroom
The Living Room
The Kitchen

more info here:
BBC - History - History of the Home
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Old 25-10-2013, 05:26 PM
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Great link Mouse, thanks for posting !

I´ve read Bill Bryson´s book too and found it really entertaining and informative. I even ordered Isabella Beeton´s Book on Household managment the other day, that was mentioned in Bryson´s book.
The poor Victorian people had to bear so many social rules in mind, astonishing
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Thanks for sharing Mouse. I will definitly be watching this
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