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  • Published: 4 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448181551
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240


A Journey Through Britain's Village Utopias

From Scotland's New Lanark mills to the Arts and Crafts Cottages of Port Sunlight, a history of one of the most fascinating experiments of Victorian philanthropy - the 'model' village.

Twenty years ago, Jacqueline Yallop was leading guided walks at Nenthead, one of a network of ‘model’ villages which sprang up across Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A life-long fascination was born.

From Scotland’s New Lanark Mills to the Arts and Crafts cottages of Port Sunlight, Yallop visits these utopian experiments to explore their rich histories. Looking at everything from sewage systems to sculpture, chocolate to coal, and free trade to electoral emancipation, this book is a personal exploration of why and how these village utopias came about, what they tell us about the past, and how they still resonate with us today.

  • Published: 4 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448181551
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the author

Jacqueline Yallop

Jacqueline Yallop is the author of three novels and a history of Victorian collecting. She has a PhD in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and has worked as a museum curator in Manchester and Sheffield. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Aberystwyth.

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Praise for Dreamstreets



This is a fascinating book, a glimpse through the keyhole of homes that turn out to be stages set for a performance.

Lucy Lethbridge, Financial Times

Intriguing... The descriptions of place, surface and mood are sharp and tangible


A fascinating study of how human life is moulded and shaped by big money. It is…sobering.

Charlie Gilmour, Independent On Sunday

Provides valuable food for thought.

Gillian Tindall, Literary Review

A fascinating, fact-rich, and beautifully written book.

Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald

Strong on description

Leigh Hatts, Church Times

An interesting book… Eloquent and well researched… Her visits to the villages are richly descriptive and full of warmth.

Paul Cheney, Nudge

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