Standen and the history of electricity in the Victorian home
Standen was one of the first houses in the country to be built with electricity in the plans from the beginning. But in the late nineteenth century, electricity was a strange and mysterious force which few understood but many believed could be dangerous. It was not obvious that everyone would want it in their house. Why, then, did the Beales decide on electricity when designing their new home? And how did this fit into the national story of domestic electrification unfolding at this time around the country?