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An account of the houses that were built and inhabited by the upper classes from 1480 to 1680. Architectural historian Nicholas Cooper explores hundreds of gentry houses, well known and less familiar, and considers their evolution in the light of economic, social and political changes of the age.
First published in 1978, this is a history of the English country house from the point of view of its owners and users. Ranging from the Middle Ages to the world of Evelyn Waugh, the author also discusses the life of the upper classes, how they entertained, how they ran...
By Helen Long
Covers the most prolific house-building period in British history, resulting in the growth of the leafy middle-class suburb. The first part looks at Edwardian society, and the second part looks in more detail at the enormous range of decorative fittings available, the cultural, technical and economic reasons behind the design...
Boughton House in Northamptonshire is a house of contrasts. Involvement with the law and politics at the highest level generated the wealth of its founders and builders, but enlightened artistic patronage and a strong aesthetic sense have been characteristic of many generations of the Dukes of Montagu and of Buccleuch...