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The English Urban RenaissanceCulture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660-1770$
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Peter Borsay

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202554

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202554.001.0001

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The House

The House

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The English Urban Renaissance

Peter Borsay

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses changes made in urban areas in terms of a town's physical form. In the mid-17th century, provincial towns were not important or large enough to attract serious architectural changes. This paved the way for a concern with the development of interior comfort rather than external elegance. During the late 17th-century, houses were old-fashioned, their style hadn't changed for decades. Some alterations and improvements on houses took place between 1570 and 1640 and as a consequence this period was termed the Great Rebuilding. Several towns participated in this development, for example Ludlow, Worcester, Tewkesbury, Ledbury, Warwick, Totnes, Oxford, and Plymouth. The Great Rebuilding concentrated mainly on the inside of the house where standards of personal comfort and convenience were upgraded. This fever of Great Rebuilding spread throughout the country and the process of reconstruction expanded from about 1660 to 1739.

Keywords:   urban areas, provincial towns, architectural changes, interior, house, development, Great Rebuilding

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