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The English Urban RenaissanceCulture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660-1770$
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Peter Borsay

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202554

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202554.001.0001

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Street and Square

Street and Square

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(p.60) 3 Street and Square
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The English Urban Renaissance
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Peter Borsay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202554.003.0003

This chapter discusses developments and transformations in the layout of the streets in Britain during the Renaissance. The corner stone of the unified townscape during this era was the street, which was remodelled, influenced by two complementary pressures. The first was the incentive to integrate separate buildings that flanked the main road and the second pressure was the desire to improve the quantity and quality of space within. These two gave the street an integrity and elegance that it had never had before. Moreover, another important factor in the development of streets was the treatment of the space between them. Traditional towns were often constricted in size and this attracted much criticism. Later on, due to criticism, the layout of the street was changed and developed into a straight and open style.

Keywords:   development, street, Renaissance, townscape, elegance, criticism

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