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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 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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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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So you can’t afford a whole house: country house apartments

Country houses were always a community with not only the family but also a significant number of staff.  Yet as these houses became more uneconomical and houses emptied, large sections often lay dormant, until the family moved out and, in … Continue reading

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The greatest threat: fire strikes at Tidmington House, Warwickshire

With sad co-incidence, having recently posted about how owners respond to fires in country houses, news comes through that Tidmington House in Warwickshire was badly damaged whilst undergoing renovations. Tidmington was built in the early 17th-century but was re-fronted in … Continue reading

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Conversion reversion? Wardour Castle, Wiltshire

With so many country houses lost in the twentieth century, almost any alternative which saved them from the demolition crew was to be welcomed; no matter how drastic.  For some this meant institutional use but for many others of all … Continue reading

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A glimmer of hope: ‘Country House Rescue’ visits Kelly House

Kelly House has a series of long associations; there has been a house there for over 900 years, it has been the seat of the Kelly family for that entire time, and, sadly, has been on the English Heritage Buildings … Continue reading

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