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Tand the social political and cultural contexts from which they emerged From Scotland’s New Lanark mills to the imposing market suare at Tremadog in Wales and the Arts and Crafts cottages of Port Sunlight she walks the avenues and terraces to examine what remains of the impulses and ideals which made these villages so fashionableMixing social and political history art and architecture travelogue biography aesthetics and philosophy with memoir and on the ground observat.

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Twenty years ago Jacueline Yallop began her working life leading guided walks at a small village high in the fells of the North Pennines Built by philanthropic employers for families working the lead mines the isolated settlement was one of a network of ‘model’ villages which sprang up across Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuriesIn Dreamstreets Yallop visits and re visits some of these utopian experiments to explore their rich histories and to unders.

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Ion Dreamstreets draws on Yallop’s experience as a novelist bringing her scholarly research to life in an energetic account of the complex and contradictory factors which changed the British landscape Looking at everything from sewage systems to sculpture chocolate to coal and free trade to electoral emancipation this book is a personal exploration of why and how these village utopias came about what they tell us about the past and how they still resonate with us today.

3 thoughts on “Dreamstreets

  1. says:

    When I think of model villages I think of those miniaturised places that children love so much as they peer in through the tiny windows and look at the treasures within But the title of model villages was given to those places that w

  2. says:

    35Interesting although a little stodgy in places I have already been to Port Sunlight Saltaire and New Lanark and knew some of the history of these 'model' villages Yallop goes into detail than you'd find just visiting these Utopian 'visions' Not only does she dive into the history but she visits the locations in person wa

  3. says:

    An interesting idea and a good mix of history travel writing and biography but a bit of a frustrating read Chapte