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Destruction of the Country House, 1875-1974 Hardcover – October 7, 1974

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Twenty-five contributors to this book - architectural historians, experts in conservation, country house owners look for the answer to the question - will these magnificent houses still be part of our heritage? 383 illustrations of lost and soon to be lost country houses strengthen the importance of this question.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (October 7, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500240949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500240946
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,755,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on May 3, 2008
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This book was written in 1974 as a record of destroyed country houses in the UK. It makes for sad reading. The authors recognise that the way of life that produced these houses in the first place can never return. The large estates and staff that were needed to run them can no longer be afforded by many people at all now. There is also a section of the book where an owner of one of these estates presents the frustrations and joys in owning one of these houses - and the burdens trying to keep it going in the 20th century.

A large chunk of this book is devoted to photographs of lost houses - there are easily 250 photographs of beautiful buildings that were lost between the late 19th century and the 1950's. Two really stand out on the list, Kenyon Hall, Lancs built in 1631 and destroyed in 1955 - a massive half timber mansion that is simply amazing to see in a photo and Hamilton Palace in Scotland a massive pile and one of the premier Scottish houses. The gardens and their follies haven't been left out and the grotto at Oatlands in Surry is an obvious tragedy. All the photos are in black and white.

This book is somewhat dated given how long ago it was written but it is still an important record and should be on the reading list of anyone who loves old English and Scottish mansions. Its been given 3 stars because of the age of the book - there are other newer ones published by country life on the same subject but by itself this is still an enlightening if rather depressing read. Although amazon doesn't list them the authors of this book are Roy Strong, Marcus Binney and John Harris.
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