BEST STARTING POINTS - Must reads for the utopian traveller.
- Getting in deeper.
'Hot' of the presses of utopia.
books listed are the best starting points for anyone interested in finding
out more about the communities mentioned in Utopia Britannica.
experiments in England 1560-1960.
Routledge and Kegan Paul 1961 - Out of print.
Professor Armytage's seminal work is a 'lucid and fascinating history
of "ideal settlements" from the days of the Levellers to the
Garden City.' Until the 1970s Heavens Below was the only work on utopian
experiments and is still much referred to and quoted. Armytage wrote widely
on the subject of utopias and many of his articles and pamphlets can be
found in library collections. Heavens Below is meticulously researched
and referenced and was the starting point for much of the research carried
out for Utopia Britannica.
of Vision. A
study of Strange Utopias.
The Architectural Press 1975. (2nd Ed Paladin/Granada 1978) Out of Print.
All over Britain there are villages that were artificially introduced
- strange or pretty arcadias invented for aesthetic, philanthropic or
political reasons, for convenience and for ideals, built by conscience-stricken
aristocrats, industrialists, by idealists and by landscape gardeners seeking
the right effect. Villages of Vision charts the development and growth
of these communities, where the Englishman's desire for `a place in the
country' has resulted in a curious mixture of romance and megalomania.
Communities in Nineteenth Century England.
Longmans.London 1979. Out of Print.
Detailed study of utopian communities, communal religious sects and back-to-the-land
initiatives from the 1800s. Hardys study includes in-depth profiles
of many communities with maps, historic & contemporary photographs
and illustrations, along with analyses of the various movements that gave
rise to them.
Architectural and Social History of Co-operative Living.
Lynn F. Pearson
Macmillan Press. 1988. Out of Print.
The Co-operative Housekeeping movement of the 19th & 20th centuries
set out to improve womens lives through domestic revolution. The
co-operative home, with private rooms centred on a core of communal facilities
was to take the place of the private house. The movement was connected
to the Garden City and Arts & Crafts movements. The book traces the
history of the movement and includes details of a number of Co-operative
Housekeeping schemes carried out in the UK.
Good & Simple Life. Artists
Colonies in Europe and America.
Phiadon.1985. Out of Print.
In the 2nd half of the 19th century, a growing interest in outdoor painting
caused groups of artists to settle in village communities to live &
work. The study of these 'artist colonies' throws new light on the major
artistic developments in Europe and America at the time. The movement
is examined through descriptions of colonies in France, Scandinavia, Russia,
Germany, Hungary, Britain and the USA. A vivid narrative of life in the
colonies reveals personal conflicts and adolescent antics which belie
the ideals of the movement.
Ruskin's Urban Vision for Britain and America.
Black Rose Books. 1999. www.web.net/blackrosebooks.
Designing Utopia presents a broad overview of John Ruskin's life; the
development of his views on architecture and urban design, as well as
his views on social justice; how his vision was developed from his writings;
and his efforts at practical application of that vision. It also looks
at the work of a long line of progressive architects and planners and
the buildings and communities they designed.
E. &F.N. Spon. 2000. Available from bookshops.
England in the early part of the twentieth century was rich in utopian
ventures, diverse and intriguing in their scope and aims. Two world wars,
an economic depression, and the emergence of fascist states in Europe
were all a spur to idealists; to seek new limits, to escape from the here
and now, and to create sanctuaries for new and better lives. Utopian England
explores this fascinating history of utopian ideals, the lives of those
pursued them, and the utopian communities they created.
Left wing democracy in the English Civil War. D.W
Petegorsky Gollancz 1940
Unbridled Spirits. Women of the English Revolution.
Stevie Davies Womens press 1998
The Second Coming. Popular Millenarianism 1780-1850.
JFC Harrison. Routlege & Kegan Paul.1979
The Peoples Farm. English Radical Agrarianism 1775-1840.Malcom
Chase. Clarendon Press 1988.
Co-operation & the Owenite socialist communities in Britian1825-45.
RG Garnett. MUP 1972.
Robert Owen & the Owenites in Britian & America.
JFC Harrison. Routledge&Kegan Paul.1969.
Eve & the New Jerusalem. Barbara Taylor. Virago
The Chartist Land Company. Alice Mary Hadfield.
David & Charles: Newton Abbot. 1970.
William Morris. Fiona MacCarthy. Faber & Faber.
The Simple Life: CR Ashbee in the Cotswolds. Fiona
MacCarthy. Lund Humphries. 1981
A Question of Conscience: Conscientious objection
in the two world wars. F.Goodall. Sutton.1997
The Betws-y-Coed Artists Colony. P.Lord National
Library of Wales 1998.
Madame Blavatsky's Baboon:Theosophy & the emergence
of the Western Guru. Secker &Warburg.1993
Search for a New Eden:James Pierrepont Greaves:The
Sacred Socialist and his followers J.Latham. Dickinson
The Slow Burning Fuse : The Lost History of British
Anarchists. John Quail. Paladin books. 1978
Roses & Revolutionists. The Story of Clousden
Hill. Nigel Todd. Peoples Publications. 1986.
Demanding the Impossible : History of Anarchism.
Peter Marshall. Fontana 1993.
Whiteway Colony : The Social History of a Tolstoyan
Community. Joy Thacker. Whiteway. 1993.
Fit for Heroes: Land Settlement in Scotland after
WW1. Leah Leneman. Aberdeen UP 1989
Homes fit for Heroes. Mark Swenarton. Heinemann.
Back to the Land : The pastoral impulse in Victorian
England. Jan Marsh. Quartet Books 1982
published books on intentional communities and utopian experiments
and Squatters: the hidden history of housing.
196 pages ISBN: 0 907123 198 £9.99
The hidden history of unofficial settlements links the cottagers squatting
the 'wastes' in the enclosure of the commons with the issues raised by
20th century squatters & the 21st century claims that 'This Land is
not averse to a little squalor, or at least untidiness. The modern countryside
is altogether too neatly packaged and sewn-up for the benefits of the
well-off, he feels. Overzealous planning laws, and what he calls "the
suffocating nimbyism of the countryside lobby, with its Range Rover culture",
are dismissed as an affront to rural history. His new book is an exploration
of the long struggle of the rural poor to acquire and keep a roof over
From ; Fiveleaves
Shadows Fall: The Story of Spielplatz
Isuelt Richardson. £10.50
An amazing autobiography that chronicles the life of Speilplatz the only
naturist community in the UK.
no run of the mill story - but an inspirational message to all those who
wish for a better life for themselves and their children. The Dreamers
have shown us the way - all we have to do is to follow"
From ; Edge of Time
the Story of a Garden Suburb
By: Tony Benton with Albert Parish
Printed By: Britton Wallant Printers Ltd, Rainham 1996 ISBN 0-9529359-0-2
The Story of Upminster Garden Suburb
from : Swan Books
a history of the pioneer garden suburb 1901-2001
The history of the first one hundred years of Brentham Garden Suburb the
pioneer Co-partnership development in Ealing London
and then, a work of local history so far transcends the parish pump as
to illumine a whole movement or even an era. Such is Aileen Reid's Brentham
... [It] quietly revolutionises the historiography of the garden city
and suburb ... [a] masterly study ... a generous and beautiful ... first-rate
book with far wider than local interest."
Brentham Society Website