Saturday, 16 February 2013

Villages Of Vision by Gillian Darley

Gillian Darley’s book, subtitled A Study Of Strange Utopias, looks at planned villages and  model villages in Britain and Ireland. That is, places like Saltaire, New Lanark, Bournville and Port Sunlight where factory owners designed and built attractive villages for their work force to live in. Elsewhere there were other reasons why villages were planned: the Duke Of Devonshire moved the village of Edensor so that it did not spoil his view from Chatsworth House ! Gillian Darley’s book contains a gazetteer of over 400 villages so that the reader can discover these places themselves. 

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