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Defensible Houses of the Gentry

Synopsis
The layout and style of domestic buildings are evidence of the changing patterns of security and prosperity in different countries and regions. This programme examines how ancient houses in Northunberland and Dumfriesshire were adapted or abandoned to meet new standards of comfort in the 17th century, made possible by the coming of peace to the Borders region. But defensive features on houses were associated with social status and fashion as much as with real or perceived threats, as is evidenced by building in County Galway and Brittany.
Series
Princes and Peoples: France and the British Isles 1620-1714, Course A220
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1994
Availability
Sale; 1998 sale: £145.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Architecture; History
Keywords
buildings; domestic architecture; England; France; history of Europe; history of the 17th century; houses; Scotland

Credits

Producer
Nick Levinson
Cast
Bill Purdue 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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