Octavia Hill and the English Landscape

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Octavia Hill’s interest in open spaces was central to her ideals and activities, intersecting with her housing work as well as being reflected in her involvement with the National Trust. This preoccupation was evident from an early stage. To her long-standing enjoyment of nature, she added in adulthood a strong conviction as to the moral benefit of contact with the verdant outdoors. This belief was galvanized into energetic activism by her ultimately unsuccessful efforts to save Swiss Cottage Fields in north London, in 1875, also the year in which she became a member of the Commons Preservation Society (CPS).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication'Nobler Imaginings and Mightier Struggles'
Subtitle of host publicationOctavia Hill and the Remaking of British Society
EditorsElizabeth Baigent, Ben Cowell
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherInstitute of Historical Research
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781909646582
ISBN (Print)9781909646001
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

Publication series

NameIHR Conference Series
PublisherInstitute of Historical Research


  • Octavia Hill
  • Social reformers
  • Open spaces
  • Urban areas
  • Commons
  • Great Britain


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