Monthly Archives: April 2010

Lifting the curse of Hampton Gay manor house

    The fire which gutted the largely unaltered Elizabethan Hampton Gay manor house in 1887 was seen as the retribution of a curse said to have been put on the house when the inhabitants refused to offer help and … Continue reading

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Lodges to lost houses: Thorington Hall Gate Lodge, Suffolk

Often the only visible sign of  a grand estate is the lodge house seen as we drive past; their varied size and designs indicating the wealth and aspirations of the owners.  Although still a integral part of the functioning of … Continue reading

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A shock return: Abbey Dore Court

Memories of a happy childhood can seem all the stronger as time passes, yet when confronted with the reality when revisiting once familiar haunts it can make any changes seem all the more jarring.  For Clare Sage, her return aged … Continue reading

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A labour of love: the restoration of Hammerwood Park

Once a house has sunk to such a level of dereliction that even the developers won’t take it on, this can easily lead to an application for demolition and the loss of another piece of our architectural heritage.  Yet, as … Continue reading

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A problem shared? Whitbourne Hall visited by Country House Rescue

The great wealth generated by the Victorians led to the creation of some of our grandest country houses.  Designed to impress guests and provide a showcase for the collections and taste of the owners, these houses were remarkable and beautiful … Continue reading

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Empty walls? The sale of contents to fund the house – Althorp House

For hundreds of years the political power of a country house was in the ownership of the house, and most importantly the estate – acreage equated with power even if the land was mortgaged to the hilt.  The paintings or … Continue reading

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What’s to happen to Mentmore Towers?

Running  a country house is always going to require a certain level of wealth with larger houses easily costing six figures a year in basic running costs and maintenance.  When funds are lacking it can be the house which shows … Continue reading

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