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Post-war reconstruction offered unparalleled opportunities to the developing profession of urban planners; they were able to cast off the constraints imposed by historic infrastructure and produce a new vision of urban living expressed in rationally designed city centres linked to suburban precincts and with modern integrated transport systems.Plymouth is the foremost English example of post-war reconstruction on the grand scale laid out to the designs of the most influential urban planner of the day Sir Patrick Abercrombie. This book explains the circumstances which led to the development of Abercrombie's Plan for Plymouth (1943) and shows how the plan was implemented in the period 1945-62. Discussion of the overall scheme for the renewed city is complemented by description of the different zones which made up both the central area and the new suburbs and attention is paid to the landscape forms and architectural styles employed in civic commercial and residential areas.The significance of what was achieved in Plymouth is assessed and international context is provided by comparison with British and European examples of contemporary planning. Urban regeneration programmes pose a threat to the legacy of the post-war reconstruction period and the listing of post-war buildings is often contentious and contested.Finally a discussion of the conservation issues raised by present-day plans for renewal in Plymouth will contribute to current debate about the formulation of policy relating to the buildings and landscapes of the post-war era.About the Author Jeremy Gould is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at The University of Plymouth.Extent:96ppIllustrations:Fully illustrated throughout with colour and b&w imagesPublished Date: June 2011

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Guidebook: Thornton Abbey

"Founded by the powerful magnate William le Gros in 1139 Thornton Abbey became one of the richest Augustinian monasteries in England. Its splendid 14th century gatehouse reflects its enormous wealth and stands as..."


 
 

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: Berry Pomeroy Castle

"The most romantic and reputedly the most haunted castle in Devon this Berry Pomeroy Castle Guidebook is beautifully illustrated and written by leading English Heritage experts.The dramatic ruins of Berry Pomeroy..."


 
 

Guidebook: Whitby Abbey

"High on their windswept headland the imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey dominate the busy harbour town below. Originally founded in the seventh century and ruled by the renowned Abbess Hild the first monastery here..."


 
 

Guidebook: Portchester Castle

"Portchester Castle’s remarkable history begins in the 3rd century when the Romans built a fort here to combat attacks by barbarian pirates.In the 5th century it was transformed into a Saxon stronghold or burgh..."


 
 

St Mary’s Church, Studley Royal

"St Mary's Church is William Burges’s ecclesiastical masterpiece. It was built in the 1870s for the Marquis and Marchioness for Ripon. Its towering spire rises like that of a small cathedral on the Studley..."


 
 

Guidebook: Conisbrough Castle

"Conisbrough Castle's magnificent 12th-century great tower rising above the ruined walls of its inner bailey and its tree-covered hill is one of England’s most striking landmarks.In the 11th century the..."


 
 

Licensed to Sell

"This is a revised edition of English Heritage's widely acclaimed study of that great British institution the public house. First published in 2004 this was described as the best history of the pub available...."


 
 

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..."


 
 

Guidebook: Boscobel House

"Boscobel House was a woodland lodge built by John Giffard a local landowner in the early 17th century. It played a brief but important role in English history when the future Charles II hid at Boscobel after his..."


 
 

A History of Aerial Photography and Archaeology

"'This book was inspired by a centenary marking the first aerial photographs of an archaeological monument in Britain. Those photographs are inevitably of Stonehenge.How a single balloon flight and the resulting..."


 
 

Guidebook: Roche Abbey

"Roche Abbey was founded in 1147 as a monastery of the Cistercian order. The remains of the abbey lie in a valley in the hills east of Rotherham hemmed in on three sides by formidable magnesian limestone outcrops...."


 
 

Guidebook: Framlingham Castle

"Framlingham is a magnificent example of a late 12th-century castle set in a beautiful location in the Suffolk countryside overlooking Framlingham Mere. Built by Roger Bigod Earl of Norfolk one of the most influential..."


 
 

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..."


 
 

Englands Schools

"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..."





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