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England’s most ‘at risk’ country houses; English Heritage 2013 report

Though he his House of polish’t marble built Yet shall it ruine like the Moth’s fraile cell.* There is a long tradition of the romanticisation of ruins and decay, but watching once grand houses slide into dereliction is thankfully now … Continue reading

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Back from the brink: country houses rescued from dereliction

One often forgotten aspect of local newspapers is their ability to draw on their archives and provide reminders of local history. The local paper frequently played an important part in publicising the goings on at the ‘big house’, reporting the … Continue reading

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Going to the country: the country houses of UK Prime Ministers – Part 1

Those in important political roles have often sought to escape the pressures of office by escaping to the calm and tranquillity of the countryside.  This has been particularly true of the holder of the most important role; that of Prime … Continue reading

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What goes around; the use of rotunda in UK country houses

The UK aristocracy brought back many souvenirs from their grand tours to Italy – pictures, sculpture, drawings etc – but also a delight in the architecture inspired by the ancient ruins.  This fascination manifested itself in country houses across the … Continue reading

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A restoration or a recreation: Knightshayes Court, Devon

For all the wonderful work the National Trust has done over the last hundred years saving numerous country houses from demolition, one criticism that has been levelled at it is the almost artificial atmosphere it has created inside.  A recent … Continue reading

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The ‘artocracy’ expands: West Acre High House, Norfolk

In any age, once someone is successful they often seek the traditional status symbols – with a country house being high on the list.  For footballers it seems that the modern, bling-laden mansions are the favoured style but for an … Continue reading

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