How We Built Britain

How We Built Britain

by David Dimbleby (Author), David Dimbleby (Author), Paul Barker (Photographer)


This is the story of Britain told through its buildings and the people who built them. Join David Dimbleby on his colourful chronological journey through the nation's architectural landscape: to towering fortresses, timber-framed barns, magnificent palaces, railway viaducts, music halls, suburban homes and tower blocks. He climbs to the top of the light-flooded Ely Cathedral, a looming vision of Norman conquest and domination; he explores Harvington Hall in Worcestershire, riddled with hidden passages to conceal Catholic priests; he delves into Manchester's network of sewers, constructed to flush away the polluted waters of disease; and he takes a quizzical look at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, the symbol of devolution.Tying in with the hit BBC1 series and generously illustrated with specially commissioned colour photography and over 100 historic images, this book reveals how these structures originated in the experiences and beliefs of the British people, and how they hold the key to who we are.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 04 Jun 2007

ISBN 10: 0747588716
ISBN 13: 9780747588719
Book Overview: How We Built Britain will be a major 6 x 1hr series for BBC 1 in early 2007 The BBC's A Picture of Britain enjoyed a huge ratings success, and the accompanying book was a No.1 bestseller David Dimbleby has a tremendous authority as one of Britain's most respected journalists and a huge profile as chair of BBC's Question Time A beautiful package and a comprehensive history - a fantastic gift for anyone interested in architecture or the social history of Britain

Author Bio
David Dimbleby joined the BBC as a news reporter in Bristol in the 1960s and is now a major presenter of current affairs programmes and documentaries, having presented Panorama, The Dimbleby Talk-In, Question Time and the BBC's general election programmes. He is the author of A Picture of Britain.