1. Architectural Basics

2. Classicism

3. Traditional Styles

4. Modernism

5. Dates

6. Glossary

7. Crystal Palace

8. Canary Wharf

‘We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.’ — Winston Churchill.

This document isn’t a intended as a comprehensive introduction to architecture. Instead, it looks at some the more interesting topics and structures, as viewed through the eyes of a layman.

Various sources of information have been used, including the following:-


A Guide to the Architecture of London, Edward Jones & Christopher Woodward, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1983

A History of Western Architecture, David Watkin, published by Laurence King, 1992

A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture, HRH Prince of Wales, published by Doubleday, 1989

English Architecture; a Concise History, David Watkin, published by Thames & Hudson, 1979

Evolution of Truth website at

GLIAS Newsletter: more about the Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society (GLIAS) can be found at

Open University website at

Pears Cyclopedia, 90th Edition, published by Pelham Books, 1981

The Buildings of Britain: Anglo-Saxon and Norman, Alastair Service, published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1982

The Buildings of Britain: Tudor and Jacobean, Malcolm Airs, published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1982

The Buildings of Britain: Stuart and Baroque, Richard Morrice, published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1982

The Buildings of Britain: Regency, David Watkin, published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1982

The Buildings of Southern England, John Julius Norwich, published by Macmillan, 1995

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