Bungalows (Shire Library, Book 758)

November 20, 2020
Bungalows (Shire Library, Book 758)

Now synonymous with the single storey home, when the bungalowwas introduced to Britain in the late 1860s it had more elaborateconnotations. Appropriated by colonial officials in Bengal, thishumble dwelling was transformed upon its arrival on the Kentcoastline into a new type of holiday home, complete with verandaand servant quarters. These first Western examples became verypopular amongst the upper middle-class and the elderly,andcrucially also attracted artistic inhabitants, setting the tone forthe bungalow as a Bohemian escape well into the twentieth century.Focusing on the British bungalow up to the Second World War,Kathryn Ferry here explores its social, cultural and architecturaldevelopment, revealing what the very earliest versions looked likeand why at the peak of their popularity bungalows were soubiquitous.