A Suburb of Contrasts - The Udney Park Estate, Teddington 1870-1939, by Christopher French

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A Suburb of Contrasts - The Udney Park Estate, Teddington 1870-1939, by Christopher French
A Suburb of Contrasts - The Udney Park Estate, Teddington 1870-1939, by Christopher French

Booklet published by the Twickenham Local History Society, 84 pages. Paperback (N6153X1)

From the introduction: During the seventy years or so covered by this study, Britain experienced a number of significant - if somewhat evolutionary - changes, including the maturing of her economy away from reliance on industrial activity towards finance and services; the growth both in terms of numbers and in wealth and influence of the middle classes; the spread of political democracy to include not only the middle classes but also the working classes; tentative steps towards female emancipation; and the continuing movement of the population away from the countryside, as agriculture declined, and into the expanding towns and cities. Britain also commanded the largest Empire in the world which was a major source of wealth and influence. Certainly the years before 1914 constituted a period of relative security and progress with the majority of the population experiencing improvements in their standards of living, more leisure time and better health and welfare standards. On the other hand, British society was a society of contrasts and a significant minority of the population... still lived in poverty. Many also experienced appalling slum and public health conditions...

Against this backdrop of regional, national and international change, Britain's towns and cities continued to evolve and to reflect these broader developments.... to illustrate the national process of suburbanisation, the focus of this book is on the evolution of Teddington as a suburb of London with the Udney Park Estate, in particular, assessed as a middle class suburb before 1914 and as a more mixed area between the wars.


Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, unblemished and tightly bound. The title page has been clipped across the bottom right hand corner, and this has caused a very small amount of text loss on the reverse side (Including the last line of the contents list, and some text describing the photograph shown on the front cover).
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