Day School: Aristocratic London Town Houses

Ref: C2224741

While the aristocracy relied on their country estates for their wealth the houses they owned in London provided places to show their wealth and taste. We will look at how these houses were built and operated from c.1750 to 1914. The programme for the day is : 11.00-12.00. “Architecture and Ownership of Town Houses.” 12.00-12.15.Break. 12.15-13.15. “Town House Activities; Business or Pleasure?” 13.15-14.15. Lunch. 14.15-15.30 "Town Houses in Documents and Conclusions."

Course aim

The course aims to provide an insight into the architecture and social function of the London town houses used by the aristocracy from c.1750 to 1914

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise an Aristocratic London Town House.
  • Analyse the social role of Aristocratic London Town Houses.
  • Describe the role of Aristocratic London Town Houses as a part of Great Estates.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No reading is required for this course but students may find the following helpful. Donald J. Olsen, “Town Planning in London”, Yale University Press, 1982. David Pearce, “London’s Mansions”, B.T. Batsford, 1986.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Day School: Aristocratic London Town Houses


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