Cottages and Villas


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The Birth of the Garden Suburb

Mireille Galinou

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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.

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).

"Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated, the 544 pages of this beautifully produced book represent a major contribution to both urban and suburban studies…. An indispensable reference guide….Cottages and Villas is to be saluted as a remarkable achievement that puts the Society much in debt to the Eyre trustees and the author."—Malcolm Brown, St Johns Wood Society

"Mireille Galinou has written a huge and hugely enjoyable work…There are numerous paintings among the illustrations, showing how spacious and alluring some of the gardens were."—Ruth Pavey, Ham and High

“Mireille Galinou is to be congratulated on sifting the results of her extensive research into the Eyre archive and collating them into beautifully illustrated chapters devoted to every aspect of the history of the area.”—Michael Pick, Apollo

“This is a beautiful book, full of sumptuous images, including several works by St John’s Wood local artists, reproduced large and in ravishingly good colour…exceptional value”—Colin Thom, London Topographical Society Newsletter

"Cottages and Villas is a valuable contribution to the history of London, lavishly produced and illustrated."—Alan Powers, The Times Literary Supplement

“This impressive volume is an account of the building and life of the Eyre estate in St John’s Wood, London, from its foundation around 1800 to the present day……a first-rate urban biography, one which will certainly become the definitive history of the area.”—Elizabeth McKellar, The Victorian

“This is an important, detailed study of unchartered archive material mapping the evolution of St Johns Wood.”—Sue Wilson, Landscape History

"It is doubtful whether an individual suburb has ever been more fully and handsomely covered, and it hardly needs to be said that, as a Yale University Press publication, the production values are extremely high." Roger White, The Georgian.

 Winner of the 2013 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, given by the Foundation for Landscape Studies.
ISBN: 9780300167269
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
480 pages, 8 3/4 x 10 1/2
55 b/w + 250 color illus.