London Houses

Ref: C2225715

The course will look at seven houses built in London and some of the people who lived in them to illustrate aspects of the city’s architecture and history. Most of these houses were built after the Great Fire of London in 1666. 1. Introduction, 2 Temple Place; Astor the Merchant Prince. 2. Lambeth Palace; Continuing Tradition in the Church of England. 3. Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lincoln’s Inn Fields; Regency Architect’s Home and Collection. 4. Apsley House; Home for a Hero and Politician. 5. Dr. Johnson’s House, Gough Square; Georgian Literary Society. 6. Linley Sambourne House; Stafford Terrace, a Victorian Family Home. 7. Leighton House, Holland Park Road; an Artist’s Moorish Fantasy.

Course aim

We shall look at the history of London and its architecture through seven urban houses and their occupants ranging from the suburban Linley Sambourne House to the splendour of aristocratic Apsley House.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Recognise the main features of an Aristocratic Town House.
  • Understand how a house could be a home and place of work.
  • Appreciate how leasehold houses frequently changed occupants.
  • Recognise how fashion influenced the architectural styles chosen for these houses.
  • Understand how collections in a house can change how we relate to it.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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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London Houses


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