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For most of us school was our first detailed experience of a building outside the homes of our parents friends and relations. Many people react emotionally when their old school charged with so many memories is closed or demolished. Not all school buildings are worthy of designation but many are major local landmarks and demonstrate an important part of our society's evolution.This book aims to raise awareness of the wide range of school buildings built in England from the Reformation to the Millennium and discusses which buildings may be worthy of greater appreciation and preservation. It summarises the development of schools and analyses how social attitudes have been expressed in their architecture and planning.Finally it looks at the adaptation of older schools to modern needs and new uses for schools around the country drawing on examples of best practice from Historic Building Inspectors and Advisers.Elain Harwood is a historian with English Heritage specialising in architecture of the twentieth century. She is also a Trustee of the Twentieth Century Society and co-editor of its journals including titles on the Festival of Britain and the 1960s.Pub Date: January 2010

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Stonehenge and Avebury Map

"Stonehenge and Avebury. Exploring the World Heritage Site. Map 1:10 000 Scale.Ideal for walkers and anyone wishing to explore the fascinating landscape of Stonehenge and AveburyA UNESCO World Heritage Site - internationally..."


Danson House: The Anatomy of a Georgian Villa

"Danson House (1762 - 66) in Bexley Heath is one of the finest surviving villas by the architect Robert Taylor (1714 - 88). Restrained compact and ingeniously planned it was built for the City merchant John Boyd..."


Guidebook: Tynemouth Priory and Castle

"The prominent headland immediately north of the River Tyne has a long and varied history. An early Christian monastery was established here by the end of the 7th century. St Oswin the murdered king of Deira is believed..."


Guidebook: Temple Manor

"Temple Manor's fine stone hall was built in about 1230 by the Knights Templar providing lodgings and an administrative centre. After the Templars were suppressed in the early 14th century the manor passed through..."



"Birdoswald built on a high spur between the River Irthing and Midgeholme Moss was the eleventh fort from the east end of Hadrian's Wall. The antiquarian Reginald Bainbrigg described its 'great ruynes'..."


English Heritage Historical Review - Volume 3

"The journal focuses on discoveries from English Heritage properties including landscapes structures and their contents. It demonstrates English Heritage's commitment to providing new historical interpretations..."


Guidebook: Bolsover Castle

"Perched on a ridge high above the vale Bolsover Castle is an extraordinary 17th century aristocratic retreat containing exceptional wall-paintings and interiors. The riding house is the earliest in England to survive..."



"The working day for the majority of us in 21st century England usually involves long hours spent in front of a computer screen or working in service industries. The photographs in this book evoke a time when work..."


Guidebook: Osborne House

"The private home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was more than just a refuge from court life: it gave the couple the chance to indulge their interests and express their tastes. It is truly their creation from..."


Chamberlin, Powell & Bon

"Chamberlin Powell and Bon are the architects behind London's epic Barbican development - this is the first published study of their work. The book contains stunning photography plans and previously unseen..."


Guidebook: Witley Court and Gardens

"Witley Court was one of the great country houses of England. After a devastating fire in 1937 it became one of the country's most spectacular ruins. In this vast 19th century mansion life was lived on a grand..."


The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley & Austin

"One of England's greatest Victorian architectural practices was based not in London but in the relatively quiet town of Lancaster. For just over a century the leading practice in the area was that of Sharpe..."


Guidebook: Old Sarum

"Old Sarum is one of the most fascinating historic sites in southern England. There was originally an Iron Age hillfort here and later a royal castle and a great cathedral. This guidebook includes a tour of the Iron..."


Guidebook: Grimes Graves

"Grime’s Graves were the first Neolithic flint mines to be recognised as such in England. The shallow depressions – over 400 in all – that created such a mysterious lunar-like landscape represent..."


Textile Mills of South West England

"- The first study of textile mill buildings across the South West region- Explains the great influence of textile mills on the development of towns and countryside- Heavily illustrated and includes a list of sites..."

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