Nineteenth-century History

Houses in Fin-de-Siècle Britain

Berkeley House Dining Room in 1900

Berkeley House Dining Room in 1900

This multi-part series will examine middle-class houses during Fin-de-Siècle Britain, specifically looking at general tendencies in architecture, architectural features, façades, floor plans, as well as interior design in the homes of this period.

1: Project Announcement

2: Introduction to Styles of Architecture in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain

3: House Architecture in Fin-de-Siècle Britain

4: Architectural Features of the Home

5: Trends in the Design of Domestic Façades

6: Floor Plans and the Layouts of Houses

7: The Interior in Fin-de-Siècle Britain

8: Conclusion

Bibliography

Secondary sources: books and monographs

Cannon, John, Oxford Dictionary of British History (Oxford, 2009)
Ensor, Sir Robert, England: 1870-1914 (Oxford, 1990)
Fellows, Richard, Edwardian Civic Buildings and their Details (Oxford, 1999)
Ferry, Kathryn, The Victorian Home (Oxford, 2011)
Flanders, Judith, The Victorian House (London, 2004)
Gore, Alan and Ann, The History of English Interiors (Oxford, 1991)
Hockman, Hilary, Edwardian House Style: An Architectural and Interior Design Source Book (Devon, 2001)
Horn, Pamela, Life in the Victorian Country House (Oxford, 2010)
Lloyd, Nathaniel, A History of the English House (London, 1931)
Long, Helen, The Edwardian House (Manchester, 1993)
Morgan, Kenneth O., The Oxford History of Britain (Oxford, 2010)
Muthesius, Stefan, The High Victorian Movement in Architecture 1850-1870 (London, 1972)
Service, Alastair, Edwardian Architecture: A Handbook to Building Design in Britain 1890-1914 (London, 1977)
Summerson, John, The Architecture of Victorian London (Charlottesville, Virginia, 1976)
Summerson, John, The Turn of the Century: Architecture in Britain around 1900 (Glasgow, 1976)
Wilson, A.N., The Victorians (London 2003)
Yorke, Trevor, The Edwardian House Explained (Cambridge, 2008)
Yorke, Trevor, The Victorian House Explained (Cambridge, 2012)

Explore History Rhymes
Random Featured Articles
Kings of Bavaria: King Ludwig II

Kings of Bavaria: King Ludwig II

King Ludwig II was the fourth king of Bavaria. Of all Bavaria's kings, Ludwig II is arguably the most famous. His legacy is entrenched in Bavaria's collective memory as the Märchenkönig (Fairy Tale King) and his picturesque palaces and castles have changed the Bavarian landscape.
Emperor Norton I – Emperor of the United States

Emperor Norton I – Emperor of the United States

Joshua A. Norton is a little known figure in American history. He was the first and only self-declared emperor of the United States of America. He styled himself as His Majesty, Emperor Norton I. Most of his contemporaries understandably branded him as crazy, unstable and as having gone off the deep...
The Rise of Democracy in England

The Rise of Democracy in England

Today’s idea of democracy has taken centuries to develop and no other country has such a unique history with democracy as that of England. From the first Norman kings in the eleventh century CE, to today’s complex relationship between the English people, the monarchy and the Parliament, the proc...
Houses in Fin-de-Siècle Britain: Conclusion

Houses in Fin-de-Siècle Britain: Conclusion

Fin-de-Siècle Britain saw many new styles and innovations in the architecture of houses. Some of these new designs were visual whilst others were more practical. A mishmash of styles were created by a number of different architects in an attempt to redefine British architecture, but they would effe...