British Folk Housing

By: Justin Chemplanikal and Bhargav Nallanthighal

Analysis of Origin

There were many different styles of housing in the past, and some are still in use today.

It all began with the introduction of Roman Architecture, around 43 AD. Around that time, many people lived in the countryside, and lived in either villas or Celtic homes. Celtic homes were round houses with thatched roofs made of straw or heather, with materials reflecting their environment. Villas were homes made of brick and stone with tiled roofs.

When the Saxons became dominant after the Romans left in 410 AD, the housing was made similar to Celtic homes. However, wood was used for the walls, and the houses were now much larger and had windows. Viking housing, around 793 AD, was similar, but long, rectangular, almost entirely made of timber, and supported by beams.

Modern Housing styles are either Tudor, Georgian, or Victorian.

Types of British Folk Houses:

Frequency of Housing

Victorian housing is more frequent in cities, while Tudor and Georgian housing are dominant in the countryside and rural communities. Victorian housing spread so much that it changed from folk housing to pop housing Bricks were more affordable in the Victorian era, so most structures in that time were made of brick.

Diffusion of British Folk Housing

Folk houses from England diffused to America when many people migrated from England to America. Saltbox houses in New England were similar to Tudor homes, which were the main type diffused from England. However, the housing style of American Georgian was inspired by Tudor housing, not British Georgian housing. Victorian era housing also influenced the US Folk Victorian style. Within England, the housing styles were each originally from small rural or countryside societies, but diffused as people moved throughout England. Each housing style eventually became nationwide after a period of time, but were improved as they diffused, resulting in newer styles that were also diffused later on.

Folk Items

Folk housing usually consists of a barn for holding animals. After the Vikings, animals had a separate place to live due to the problems of sharing homes with animals, so the barn is separated from the house. Homes also include a wooden fence for boundaries. Most people are farmers, so farm related tools such as a shovel or a hoe are found.

Blueprints for Gregorian House

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