Roger Hunt is the author of the companion volumes Old House Handbook and Old House Eco Handbook as well as a number of other popular books.
“Three green cheers for this book, which mixes an erudite analysis of the latest building science with practical advice and demonstrations of best practice.”
Kevin McCloud, author, broadcaster and designer
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 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.
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 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.