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Much less uniform than terraced houses or flats, cottages range from traditional thatch and regional vernacular to workers' housing and architects' idealised drawings of peasant housing.

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Design for a gardener's cottage at Laverstoke House, Hampshire, for Melville Porter, MP: perspective

Hardwick, Philip Charles (1822-1892)
NOTES: This drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1854 (no. 1180).

View from the cottage of Humphry Repton at Hare Street, Essex, after proposed alterations

Repton, Humphry (1752-1818)
SOURCE: Humphry Repton. Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening (London, 1816), after p. 232

Design for a woodman's cottage

Hall, John (fl. 1825)
SOURCE: John Hall. Novel designs for cottages, small farms and schools (London, 1825), design no. 11

Thatched cottages, Milton Abbas, Dorset

Chambers, Sir William (1723-1796)
NOTES: The market town of Milton Abbas was demolished in its entirety by the Earl of Dochester between 1771 and 1790. He commissioned Capability Brown the plans for a new village, consisting mainly of cottages lining up the main street. The cottages were designed by Sir William Chambers.

Designs for peasant's huts

Malton, James (1765-1803)
SOURCE: James Malton. An essay on British cottage architecture (London, 1798), pl. 3

Design for a cottage, Llangollen, Clwyd: elevations and plan

NOTES: This drawing is by an unidentified 19th century English architect.

Timber cottage, 124 Wilbury Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire: side elevation

Troup, Francis William (1859-1941)
NOTES: This three bedroom timber cottage was the winner of a competition for a timber cottage costing not more than +é-ú150 entered at the 1905 Cheap Cottage Exhibition at Letchworth. It has since been altered and extended.

Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary College, University of London, Mile End Lock, London

Surface Architects
NOTES: Occupying the site of an early Victorian lock-keeper's cottage on the Regent's Canal, this purpose-built research centre for the Humanities Department is dedicated for postgraduate use. It comprises small lecture rooms and a chill-out/relaxation space.

Steep Cottage, Old Coulsdon, Surrey: the living room

Mayorcas, Elie (1908-1995)

Drawings from a sketchbook showing a rustic cottage on the Isle of Wight: perspective

NOTES: The cottage seen here is possibly the same one depicted on f20 recto (see RIBA83352). This drawing is in a sketchbook compiled by Repton (1798 to circa 1805) while working in the office of John Nash.

Design for a cottage ornee: perspective

Cundy, Thomas (1765-1825)
NOTES: This drawing is from a small sketchbook serving as a record of work by Thomas Cundy between 1795 and 1820 apparently made by his son, Thomas Cundy junior, who worked in his practice and took over the practice at his father's death.

Cottages, Buscot, Berkshire

Ernest George & Peto
NOTES: Buscot was a model village designed by George & Peto for the owner of Buscot Park, Alexander Henderson, a financier, engineer and amateur painter, who was created Baron Faringdon in 1916. The village included cottages, a forge and a community room (parish hall). The village was laid out between 1892-1897.

Puckaster Cottage, near Niton, Isle of Wight

Lugar, Robert (1773-1855)
SOURCE: Robert Lugar. Villa architecture (London, 1828), pl. 11

Design for a proposed cottage, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, for Miss M. Foster-Melliar: plans, elevations and section

Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley (1857-1941)
NOTES: This cottage does not appear to have been built.