Roger Hunt is the co-author of the recently published New Design for Old Buildings from RIBA Publishing as well as the bestselling Old House Handbook and the companion volume Old House Eco Handbook, published in association with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. His other books include Rural Britain: Then & Now and Villages of England.
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Old House Handbook is a completely authoritative guide to how to look after your old house - whether it's a timber framed medieval cottage, an eighteenth century urban terrace or an example of Victorian or Edwardian speculative development.
Taking the lead from the conservation approach of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (who have approved and authorised this volume), the approach is one of respect, restraint and repair rather than 'restoration' which can so easily and permanently destroy the rich historical legacy of any old building.
From the foundations to the roof, from the need for modern services to the maintenance of traditional paintwork and finishes, from windows and doors to breathability and damp in walls and floors, this book provides richly and deeply informed practical guidance. It is essential reading for anyone with an old house in need of any kind of repair or maintenance.
Rural Britain: Then & Now offers a fascinating and immensely readable overview of the British countryside, illustrated by both vintage and current photography. Sir Simon Jenkins’ robust foreword reminds us of the economic vicissitudes and competing interests which still threaten the British countryside while Roger Hunt’s informative and sympathetic text encourages us to care.
Rural Britain: Then & Now celebrates all aspects of Britain’s rural life, past and present, drawing on the remarkable resource of the Francis Frith Collection, a photographic archive of Britain, providing a continuous record of change from Victorian times to the 1960s.
In 1860, Francis Frith began to take photographs of popular tourist destinations around Britain, so holidaymakers could take home souvenirs of their visit. Over the next 50 years he and his team of photographers took thousands of photographs – windmills to castles, village frolics to carts, nothing was missed by the camera, and the resulting archive is not only a record of a century of social change, but a vivid and informative glimpse into Britain’s past.
Pairing the Frith images with contemporary photographs by Edward Parker and other talented modern interpreters of the countryside, conveys the uncanny feeling of looking back through a much loved relative’s photo album. Here is the essence of rural Britain, without the diatribes or the sugar coating.
Villages of England captures a way of life shaped by conflicting forces of change and tradition, with perfect vistas and historic details. Roger Hunt provides a sympathetic and very readable account of the evolution of the village as part of English history. He explains the profound effects of the Black Death and Industrial Revolution as well as revealing fascinating local legends and events.
The wide-ranging images of sedate English village life by Richard Turpin are grouped thematically, through picturesque churches and greens, tranquil waterside and solemn industrial locations.
Today's surviving beauty and variety is shown to be the result of layers of custom and changing circumstance, while local character is evoked by the surrounding countryside and choice of building materials.
Hidden Depths: An Archaeological Exploration of Surrey's Past charts the story of Surrey from its earliest beginnings through to the modern age – from the first human footsteps on its soil to the defences built during the Second World War and the coming of the motorways. Each chapter explores a different theme following the people who once occupied the land that we now call Surrey as they built, traded, worshipped, farmed and fought, ultimately shaping the county we know today.
Hidden Depths explains the role of archaeology in unlocking the secrets from the earliest times of homes, villages, towns, churches, castles, great houses and industries, and in understanding objects that have lain hidden for hundreds or perhaps thousands of years – all part of the jigsaw that brings the past to life.