Book review - The Edwardian House Explained by Trevor Yorke

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10 June 2011
imports_HAC_theedwardianhouseexpla_55123.gif The Edwardian House Explained
The brief period from the death of Queen Victoria to the outbreak of World War I was known as the Edwardian Age. This book provides an excellent resource for anyone recreating the Edwardian style in a dolls house or miniature scene. ...

The period from 1900 to 1914 was known as the Edwardian Age. It is often thought of as a time of country house parties and endless summers. In fact, it was a time of great social change. Wealthy indurstialists were building houses for their workers at Port Sunlight (Lever), Bourneville (Cadbury), and New Earswick (Rowntree). The garden suburb was also being developed and seen as a way of clearing slum housing from the big cities.

The Edwardians built a wide range of houses from four-roomed semis to country houses and villas. Many had fashionable olde worlde facades and the latest technology inside. The Arts and Craft style (see Arts & Crafts House Styles) was popular as was architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Using his own drawings, diagrams and photographs, author Trevor Yorke explains all aspects of Edwardian homes, and provides a definitive guide fo those who are recreating this style in a dolls house or miniature scene.

The book contains the following chapters and information:

  • Edwardian Times
  • Contrast and Tradition
  • Edwardian housing schemes
  • Expansion of the suburbs
  • Edwardian Houses
  • Materials and Structure
  • Edwardian Style
  • Arts & Crafts to Art Nouveau
  • Inside the Edwardian House
  • Interior fittings and decorations
  • Living Rooms
  • Service Rooms
  • Bedrooms & Bathrooms
  • Gardens
  • Places to visit


An excellent resource for anyone recreating the Edwardian period in miniature. Produced in A5 paperback format with clear photos and beautifully detailed drawings and diagrams throughout. Worthy of a place on the bookshelf, even useful if you live in an Edwardian house and want to know a little more about it.

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