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A Lust for Window Sills


Classification : Architecture
Pub Date : Oct 02, 2008
Imprint : Little Brown
Page Extent : 352
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9780316028103
Price : 899

About the book
Ever wondered why the floors in our terraced houses are different heights? Or what the landscape round where you live looked like before it was built on? And did you know you can date a building by its window sills? A LUST FOR WINDOW SILLS tells us why and how. Harry Mount takes us on an engrossing tour of the nation's architecture, exploring the quirks, foibles and tiny details that make our buildings unique, and revealing the fascinating stories and anecdotes behind them along the way.

We see every historic building style in Britain in one hour's walk across London, from the Norman apse of St Bartholomew's in Smithfield (where Hugh Grant backs out of marrying Duckface in Four Weddings and a Funeral) to the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing, via Gothic in Holborn, Sir Christopher Wren in the City and the Knights Templar at Temple. A trip up the M4 reveals some of our greatest country houses, while a visit to Stonehenge, Avebury and Silbury Hill is a journey back to the Bronze Age. This book is a lively, entertaining and affectionate portrait of our history and the Britain we live in today.

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