Simon Thurley

Bringing the Houses Down

Felling the Ancient Oaks: How England Lost Its Great Country Estates

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In 1974 Roy Strong, John Harris and Marcus Binney drew attention to the plight of the English country house in an exhibition at the V&A. The catalogue, The Destruction of the Country House 1875–1975, is now something of a collector’s item, and deservedly so, as it was the first book to bring to public notice the loss of some of England’s most important buildings. Since then there has been a steady trickle of books on the subject, most recently the late Giles Worsley’s splendid England’s Lost Houses: From the Archives of Country Life (2002). 

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