Great Houses of England and Wales

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This classic panoramic history charts the evolution of the great house through 32 of the most notable residences in England and Wales. It is also a history of great families, seen as part of the houses they created, where their descendants, in many cases, still live today. Original photographs show the unexpected as well as the familiar the private rooms and the servants quarters, the grand exteriors and state rooms, the gardens and noble landscapes. They include some of the most splendid examples of English art and architecture, from awe-inspiring medieval stone to the beauties of the English Renaissance, the classical grandeur of the 18th century and the excesses of the High Victorian taste; illustrating the work of Inigo Jones, John Vanbrugh, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Thomas Chippendale, William Kent, Robert Adam and Lancelot Capability Brown. Full of memorable characters and anecdotal insight, this book is a glorious tribute to what Evelyn Waugh called 'our chief national artistic achievement'.

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"This large-scale handsome volume is a stunning visual history of the evolution of the 'great house'." - Cotswold Life "History of the 32 most notable great houses of England and Wales, featuring 'Downton Abbey'." - The Bookseller Buyer's Guide

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Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd began writing about country houses and their owners in the 1960s. The instigator and editor of an index covering some ten thousand country houses in the British Isles, he was also the author of Blenheim Revisited, Family Seats, Great British Families, Royal Palaces of Europe, and (with Christopher Simon Sykes) Great Houses of Scotland, Great Houses of Ireland, and English Manor Houses. He was also well known as a regular contributor of heritage columns to The Field and the Daily Telegraph, and wrote for The Spectator, Town and Country, Harpers & Queen and numerous other magazines. Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd died in 2007. Christopher Simon Sykes specializes in the photography of architecture and interiors. The author of a number of books including Private Palaces, Black Sheep, Country House Camera and Ancient English Houses, his photographs also appear regularly in many periodicals, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The World of Interiors, House and Garden, the Telegraph Magazine, and Harpers & Queen. The Big House, a biography of Sledmere, his family's house in Yorkshire, was published in 2013.

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