Monday, September 13, 2010

Musing on Mews


From conversations

to musings on mews....


I am a professed
Anglophile,
loving everything
traditionally
British....

Like this


and these


and those!


I have read
{and loved}
many books by
authors hailing
from the
British Isles.



One term that
I never really
understood was
"mews."
For example,
She lived in
a flat in
Dunworth Mews....

Dunworth Mews
So today,
I'm musing
on
Mews-ez!


{Actually,
the plural term
for mews is
mews, but
more on that
in a minute.}


According to
Wikipedia:

Mews is a chiefly British term formerly describing 
a row of stables, usually with carriage houses below
 and living quarters above, built around a paved yard or court, 
or along a street, behind large city houses, such as those of London, 
during the 17th and 18th centuries. The word may also refer 
to the lane, alley or back street onto which such stables 
open. It is sometimes applied to rows or groups of
 garages or, more broadly, to a narrow passage
 or a confined place.

The term mews
originated from
the name of a building
used to house
birds used in
falconry.  It is a
word similar to
deer.....the singular
and plural are one
and the same.


Although the term
mews was coined in
London, you will
find mews neighborhoods
as far away as
Canada and the
United States,
with Washington
Mews in Greenich
Village, New York
City being a prominent
example.

Washington Mews, NYC
When automobiles
were introduced in
the late 19th century,
the mews lost their
use as stables for
horses. 


And, following
the two world wars,
the population of
people who could afford
the type of homes with
a mews declined sharply.

Mews house, Wales
Although some mews
were torn down, most
were converted to
houses. 


Mews houses are
now considered to
be quite fashionable as
they are usually
found in or near
wealthy old
neighborhoods.


So, re-fill your
teacup and let's
a-mews ourselves
{sorry...couldn't
resist!} with a
few more glimpses
of mews.

Interiors....

Mews sitting room

Mews turned London restaurant
Mews kitchen

Mews living room

And  exteriors...

For the country mouse



and the city mouse




It always amazes me to think
that every  house on every street
is full of so many stories;
so many triumphs and tragedies
and all we see are yards and driveways.

~ Glenn Close


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enter my
Feathering the Nest
giveaway,
here!

[images:
tea pot - P&H
rest: google images]


44 comments:

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Awesome post! Happy Monday! xo e

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*~Im so happy I just found your beautiful blog today!! Im putting you on my blog roll too~*~*Blessings,Rachel :)

paige said...

fantastic images!
love the building painted red especially!

Anonymous said...

So many houses, so little time. Wish I could find the one that is perfect. There's always something I don't like about every home we have lived in. Guess I'm just picky.

Di

My Grama's Soul said...

Loed this post on mewses.....oops!! mews LOL.

REALLY LOVED THOSE RAINBOOTS!!!!

Xo

Jo

Jeanie said...

See, I knew there was a reason I loved your blog, apart from it being visual eye candy! I am an Anglophile, too, and have been since I was a teen. I knew a little about mews, but not nearly so much as I learned through this post -- as always, beautifully illustrated!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Well now I feel smarter. I remember an apartment complex with the Mews in the name and I never really knew what it was about, so now I know. I'm pretty sure it never housed horses, though, this complex looked more circa 1970 something. Thanks for the peeks inside too!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Well girl you just taught me something. I had no idea what a mews was. I've always loved those homes though. So cool and anything British is just neat in my opinion.

Morning T said...

You know I love this post Suzanne, especially when I realized one of your images looked quite familiar to me. I took a very similar picture of the Dunworth Mews during our time in London last month. I'm sending to you via email. ;)
Happy Monday.
Hugs~
T

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Wonderful post! Your pictures are just fantastic, and I loved the subject.

Olive Cooper said...

Hi Lovey! I also love England. I read the British authors like mad and had a vague understanding of mews. But now I have got It! Thanks. hugs♥olive

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

I so love english style too. Love this post and the Glenn Close qoute at the end really got me. :)

Claudia said...

I am an anglophile, too. I've seen my share of mews while in London and they are so incredibly charming! I'd love, love to live in one.

xo
Claudia

Grammy said...

So many places to visit. I would love for us to "a-mews" ourselves somewhere near a mews. I'm wondering if there might be mews in Charleston. Love all of the pictures. What's the latest on the camera search?

lisaroyhandbags said...

When we first moved to Ireland 3 years ago for hubby's work, we lived in a mews behind a big home in Killiney overlooking the Irish Sea. The Edge from U2 was our neighbour. :)

mind's eye said...

Gosh.....I can so understand you!! I love the British Isles too and I'm glad that I'm not too far away and can visit them almost every year!
Thank you so much for this!!

Jemsmom said...

Love it!!! I, too, love all things British and am so lucky that one of my best friends moved there! She lives right out of London and I have been able to visit several times. London is a wonderful city with so many things to do and see! I never knew about mews, but now I do! Thank you!! I wonder if my friend does? Hmmmmm....

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cityfarmer said...

.... well for the love of Pete ... ya learn something
mew er new each day!!!

I adore your stories

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening my dear friend and pearl! Oh, was a copious and lovely post.....I love these WORDS from the British English....I visited a blog in England, (George the Lad), a Welsh Terrier that takes you on a tour of his environs....he gave us the word SHUT, meaning an alley...quite interesting!!! And you images. You are a master at storytelling and I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU ON SATURDAY! Love your music....dream on dearest, Anita

Brenda Kula said...

Well, I learned quite a bit here this evening! Thanks for the info.
Brenda

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this post! I loved learning all of this - I had no idea of the history or even meaning of the word mews...very interesting! The pictures are fabulous - I am honestly obsessed now with them and can't wait to learn more....or own one! :)

Hope all is well ~
Sarah

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I never heard of a mews. How interesting. This is a beautiful post and I'm going back to see it again, in detail. Thanks for taking the time to create it.
xo Jenny

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Suzanne!
So excited to see your visit and beautiful comment! I was excited to be featured and now that the excitement has lessened I can get back to my passion in createing what I love!
Keep your eyes on watch out for my next piece of art in poetry :)

Love your beauitful images and will see you soon girl!
xoxo
Dore

pretty pink tulips said...

Very Amusing!!! The mews remind me very much of my brownstone in San Fran. Old neighborhood, our place was circa 1905.

xo Elizabeth

Fearless Nester said...

Loving that herringbone patterned wood floor in the interior mews livingroom! I never realized how much I gravitate toward Brittish style as well, until you wrote this cool post. I really enjoy watching the BBC channel on cable. Now you've got me musing on just why that is!! xo ~Lili

Linda said...

Really interesting post, Suzanne! I wasn't familiar with the term so it was all new to me! I have always been attracted to an English Cottage style decorating and love the history~ England and Scotland would be my dream vacation...

Miss Sew & So said...

oh suzanne...this post just makes me appretiate being in england even more....

when we do return to australia- many of these images are a huge part of what i will miss....both in london and the countryside....

they are so removed from my life in sydney but now so familiar with our life of the last 2 1/2 years that i can't imagine being without them....

you have reminded me to enjoy every moment and view as i won't have them forever...

lovely post...my lovely friend
melissa xoxoxox
so happy there was smiling, wine & chick flicks involved.... :)

Marie said...

You learn something new every day and I did today. I never know anything about Mews before. Now I do! Thanks!! xxoo

Anonymous said...

Love this post!! Gorgeous! xo

Acanthus and Acorn said...

So enjoyable. Brits on my mothers side and my parents once lived in a beautiful townhouse section called "The Mews"!!!

Alisa said...

Not too shabby for some horse stables!
I could certainly happily live in a mews.

Gretchen O. said...

I am a lover of horse stables coming from a horse town that is actually really british (lots of winterers) and Foxhunts...Great post. --Gretchen O.

Karena said...

Suzanne, amazing you have featured two of my very favorite authors. I love both Maeve and Rosamund's writings!

Beautiful images all!

Have you entered my Latest Giveaway from the French Basketeer? I think you will love it!

Karena
Art by Karena

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I love learning new things! Thanks!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Punctuation Mark said...

i love that british look too... it has it's own personality that is so different form everything else!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Thanks for teaching me something today. These photos are so charming. Don't you just love the old architecture of Europe?

Amy Arnaz said...

Fun post!
~ Amy in Nevada

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This was a very interesting post.
I had a vague idea but you certainly defined it most clearly.
Live and learn! Thanks!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Suzanne; you've found another Anglophile friend in me! I adored this post; really tremendous.
I found you the perfect poem;

Goodnight Mews

In the tiny, cobble-stoned street
without a sign
there was a house
and for four years, it was mine.
And though I'll be sad to see it gone
Here are some things for which I won't long:
Goodnight kitchen tiles, that never quite fit
and were meant for the wall - not the floor - but tough sh*#.
Good night shower curtain, which hangs by a thread
And the sweaters I was forced to keep under my bed.
Good night builders, who knew nothing of plumbing
and Good night, next-door neighbors who hated my son.
Good night, storage closet that eventually hits earth
and was home to the rats who made our house their berth.
Good night, Toilet Seat from which I would fall
And the miniature fridge that stands two feet tall.
Good night shower that always floods when it rains
And goodnight darling landlord, you were really a pain.

Goodnight stars, Goodnight air
Good night Mewses everywhere.

Deila Lloyd author

I would still love to live in a mews! xo xo

kerrie said...

I did not know what Mews meant...thank you for teaching me. There are some 'Mews' downtown near the capitol that I love...they are called 'The Mews' and I didn't know what that meant. It made me think of a cat..meow! But these Mews are modern and have the most abundantly gorgeous community garden in the center/courtyard area. I want one of my kids to live there!!! So I can visit often.

traci said...

you learn something new every day huh? thanks for the info. they are cute. i could live in one. how do you pronounce?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Suzanne! Please email me about Saturday....I cannot locate your email. Anita

pollydove said...

Those are such darling houses with their "mews" ... I want to live in one!!!! :)