Great Houses of England and Wales

By Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd and Christopher Simon Sykes

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  • Hardback
  • 420 colour illustrations
  • 424 pages
  • 12¼ x 10½ ins
  • ISBN 9781780672328
  • Published November 2014

In this chronological selection of 32 of the most notable houses in England and Wales, Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd and Christopher Simon Sykes present a stunning visual history of the evolution of the ‘great house’, including Castle Howard, Chatsworth and Highclere Castle (familiar to television viewers as ‘Downton Abbey’). 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. Full of memorable characters and anecdotal insight, this book is a glorious tribute to what Evelyn Waugh called ‘our chief national artistic achievement’.

The original photographs show the unexpected as well as the familiar – the private rooms and the servants’ quarters as well as the grand exteriors and state rooms, the gardens and noble landscapes. They include some of the most splendid examples of English art and architecture, illustrating the work of Inigo Jones, John Vanbrugh, Thomas Chippendale, Robert Adam and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

About the Author

Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd has been writing about country houses and their owners since the 1960s. He was the instigator and editor of an acclaimed four volume Guide to Country Houses and wrote a weekly Heritage column for over 20 years, first for The Field and then for the Weekend section of The Daily Telegraph. His many other books on heritage subjects include Great Houses of England & Wales; Great Houses of Scotland and Great Houses of Ireland.

Christopher Simon Sykes specialises in the photography of architecture and interiors, and is also the author of numerous books including English Country, Scottish Country and Living with Books. His photographs appear regularly in periodicals, including The World of Interiors, House & Garden, Town & Country, Vogue, Vanity Fair and The Sunday Telegraph magazine.

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