British Provincial Civic Design and the Building of Late-Victorian and Edwardian Cities, 1880-1914

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This work consists of an examination of examples of civic design in Britain occurring within a number of large sized provincial settlements from about 1880 to 1914. It identifies the design and planning principles that appeared to govern civic design as well as investigating its features as it appeared in practice by analysing structural and technical design components, internal arrangements and the surroundings of public buildings erected at the time. This book contains six color photographs and twelve black and white photographs.


“Although several books have looked at the buildings of the Edwardian period, this book examines the urban spaces, which are equally important. In providing this focus, it emphasises the importance of the complementary solid and void of urban design, and it provides an understanding of existing town and city centres, which will be a useful basis for decision making should change and development be proposed.” – Professor Richard Fellows, Department of Architecture, The University of Huddersfield

“. . . a lively and often engaging study based on extensive research and offering a detailed overview and analysis of the emergence of civic design in Britain 1880-1914.” – Dr. Gary Moses, Nottingham Trent University

“Ian’s conclusion succinctly sums up the features which made this period different from earlier in Britain or contemporary ones in the USA. [He] explicitly links urban design to local civic pride and, thus, relates formal planning principles to cultural formation . . .” - Dr. Barbara Penner, Lecturer in Architectural History, Barlett School of Architecture, UCL

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword by Professor Richard Fellows
1. Background
2. Examples of Civic Design: An Overview
3. The Form of Provincial Civic Design: Details and Examples (1)
4. The Form of Provincial Civic Design: Details and Examples (2)
5. The Civic Designers
6. The Wider Picture: Examples of British Civic Design in the Colonies
7. British Civic Design and Foreign City Beautiful
8. Conclusion
Selected Bibliography

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