A fascinating 200-year journey through the history of British interior design, No 57: The History of a House, examines how design has affected one Georgian House and its inhabitants in Bristol, from when it was first built in 1778 right up to the present day.
Throughout the six-part series, presenter Maxwell Hutchinson, a former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, reveals how fashions in interior design have mirrored social, political and economic trends. The result is not only a history of the fabric and decoration of one building, but also a history of its inhabitants – what they expected from their living space and how that was adapted to meet their needs.
The first episode reveals how the house was built as part of a boom in speculative building in Bristol and who the early residents were. Covering the period from 1779 – 1845 the main characters are John Britton, a young gentleman who decorated the house in late Georgian simplicity and Mrs Hobbs, a widow who lived in the house for thirty years and followed the latest Regency interior trends.... Read more.