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Michael Power, Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool, describes the change in standard and styles of domestic building between 1330 and 1660 and discusses the economic and social reas...ons for what he calls 'a revolution in housing standards'. Using Kings Lynn as a case study Dr Power analyses housing in its urban context. He then discusses the growth of towns in the late 16th end early 17th century with special reference to London and looks at written source material which gives evidence of urban change.
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Module code and title: A322, English urban history 1500-1780
Item code: A322; 04
First transmission date: 15-03-1977
Published: 1977
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Duration: 00:24:30
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Producer: Patricia Hodgson
Contributor: Michael Power
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): King's Lynn; London's East End; Tudor architecture
Footage description: The programme opens with prints of seventeenth century London and Coventry, over which Michael Power briefly explains what can be learnt from urban buildings. From the studio comments further on the merits of studying domestic buildings and describes the extent of urban rebuilding between 1550 and 1660. Over prints of London by Wyngaerde and Holler, Power remarks on the buildings of 16th century London. Hooker's map of Exeter is also displayed. In the studio, Power describes the effect of industrialisation on the physical appearance of most towns. He gives reasons for examining Kings Lynn. Over aerial and other views of the town, Power sketches a brief history. Over film of a medieval house, he describes its plan and features. It is compared with Thoresby College, built in 1510. Kings Lynn's Hampton Court is described over film of the house. Power outlines some developments in domestic architecture in the early modern period. Over film of Greenland Fishery, Power explains the significance of the 16th century developments embodied in this house. The social significance of the period of rebuilding is explained. Another house in Kings Lynn is shown and described as an example of Renaissance architecture. In the studio Power comments on regional styles of architecture. Over prints of Chancery Lane in the 16th century and of other London buildings, Power describes architectural fashions in the capital. Buildings in Ludlow and Coventry are also shown. The growth of wealth in the period is described over a painting of a Bermondsey wedding by J. Hoefnagel. 16th century population growth is described over a print of London's East End by Wyngaerde. The building of Covent Garden is examined in detail, and Inigo Jones's map is shown. Lindsey House is discussed as an example of classical building. Aerial view of Kings Lynn and shots of 16th century warehouses in the town. The influenceof trade as is evident in the town's buildings is considered. Finally, the town environment as a whole is described, over shots of streets and markets in Kings Lynn.
Master spool number: 6HT/32326
Production number: 00525_3264
Videofinder number: 3324
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