Tag Archives: architecture

Guided missel: the rise of the country house guide book

‘Dear Picture Editor for the 2017 National Trust Handbook Yours is a challenging job. Faced with selecting one cover image to represent the National Trust for an entire year and with the myriad opportunities presented by having over two hundred country … Continue reading

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Reflections on the loss of Clandon Park, Surrey

Loss is mainly regret that will never see something or that we have known it and will never see it again.  Where the loss is of something of beauty, which embodied ideas, history, culture, it takes on many facets. Fire is a destructive, … Continue reading

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40 years on from the ‘Destruction of the Country House’ exhibition

Many was the time I stood in that exhibition watching the tears stream down the visitors’ faces as they battled to come to terms with all that had gone.’ – Sir Roy Strong [Diaries, 1974] In October 1974, one of the … Continue reading

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The glory of the great hall; Dundarave, Co. Antrim

Where is the centre of a country house? For some it may be a favoured study or library, or a sunlit parlour facing the gardens. Yet, from the time of the earliest large residential buildings, the great hall has often enjoyed … Continue reading

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Purchasing the picturesque: Hampton Court and Lasborough Park for sale

What is beauty? Though it is often in the eye of the beholder, some have attempted to define just what it is. In architecture, this can be seen in the development of the Picturesque ideal which sought to combine natural … Continue reading

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The finest SAVE, now for sale: Barlaston Hall, Staffordshire

The wholesale destruction of UK country houses in the 1930s and 1950s was undoubtedly a tragic waste; not only of materials but also the embodied beauty and history of the hundreds of houses lost. Barlaston Hall, recently launched on the market … Continue reading

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A theatre of innovation: Cragside, Northumberland

One hundred and fifty years ago, as 1863 drew to a close, the great industrialist Lord Armstrong may have reflected on a year in which innovation was sweeping across so many areas of life and, perhaps, his own future plans … Continue reading

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