Ten Country Houses in London

Ref: C2227115

We shall look at ten houses which were once country retreats but have now been swallowed by London to see what they reveal about history and architecture. 1. Rainham, A Merchant’s House. 2. Chiswick; The Architect Earl. 3. Ham House, A Stuart Mansion. 4. Syon, The Percy Family and their Estates. 5. Kenwood; Architecture and Life in a Lawyer’s Villa. 6. Strawberry Hill; Georgian Gothick. 7. Pitzhanger, An Architect’s House. 8. Painshill, An 18th Century Landscape. 9. The Red House, William Morris. 10. Eltham Palace, Tradition and Modernism in the 1930’s

Additional information about this course

No session on 17th Feb.

Course aim

The course will consider how country houses reflected their owners’ status and aspirations through architectural style, collections and lifestyle. It will also consider the lives of those who lived and worked in these houses.

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:

  • 1. Identify the principal features of the main architectural styles of villas and how these evolved.
  • 2. Analyse the statements about status which country houses make.
  • 3. Identify the key ways in which country houses were used by their owners.
  • 4. Identify some of the key features of villas near London.
  • 5. Identify how some of these houses worked as part of larger 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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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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Ten Country Houses in London

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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