Cottages and Villas: The Birth of the Garden Suburb

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Yale University Press, 2010 - Architecture - 544 pages
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The garden suburb has its origins in London, and, contrary to widespread belief, its earliest phase took place not at the beginning of the 20th century, with the much discussed garden-city movement, but one century earlier, with the creation of the Eyre brothers' villa estate in the London suburb of St. John's Wood. Drawing on the resources of the newly catalogued Eyre archive, Mireille Galinou describes how London acquired one of its most attractive and influential suburbs and how generations of the Eyre family shaped, fought over, lost, and revitalized their inheritance. Little did they know that they were making world history with their winning formula, which set the green suburb agenda for middle classes around the world.

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Mary and Henry Samuel Eyre the first owners of St Johns Wood 36 Plantations and tragedy
The Eyre brothers 43 Walpole Eyre 48 Life after Walpole

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Mireille Galinou is a freelance arts and museums consultant. She is the co-author (with John Hayes) of London in Paint: Catalogue of Oil Paintings in the Collection of the Museum of London (1996).

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