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London's Country Houses (English Country Houses Series) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Caroline Knight
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18 Mar 2009 English Country Houses Series
First impressions of London and its environs suggest that country houses are unlikely to survive in large numbers, but closer inspection reveals that many are still standing. Some of these are of outstanding importance while many others are of interest. Some are now surrounded by highrise housing, some by industrial premises; others have small areas of park or garden, and a few still have extensive, almost rural surroundings; most are still intensively used. The area covered by this book extends from London to the M25, which sliced through the country round London in the late 20th century. This book is the first to address the history of these houses, concentrating on those that still exist, while giving some indication of the major lost ones as well, and includes plans of most houses listed, and full-color illustrations of each, as well as information on owners, architects, landscape design, building materials, and styles.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd (18 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860775063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860775062
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Knight is an architectural historian who wrote three of the five volumes which make up A History of Kensington Palace as commissioned by the Curators of the State Apartments at Kensignton Palace. Her research brought out the changing pattern of use of the various royal palaces and houses since the 16th century. While lecturing on architectural history, she continued to research such houses in the London area, producing papers on the subject at conferences at the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education as well as articles in academic journals and chapters in two books.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Carr
Format:Hardcover
Don't be put off by the title - the original "Country Houses" have often fallen on hard times and those that remain are often a shadow of their former selves. They are the "I wonder what that used to be?" when you walk down a road.

Caroline Knight brings together, in very readable, waffle-free form, vignettes of over one hundred of these. Their bite-sized nature makes this a book that you can dip into. Each entry (between 1 & 5 pages) gives a good potted history of the development of the house,its owners and any decorative features.

If you have been inspired by glimpses of places like "The Round House" at Havering and "Sundridge Park" on Open House weekend, read this and find many more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work of reference 21 Nov 2013
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I will spend many fantastic weekends in the next few years exploring the many fascinating places Caroline Knight describes in this brilliantly researched book. Don't get the electronic version. You need the pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LONDON'S COUNTRY HOUSES 9 May 2009
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A splendid book. Carefully researched and very useful.With beautiful illustrations and strong hard-back binding, this book will be invaluable to me and should last for ages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Houses around Londan 8 Dec 2009
By Jon Swift - Published on Amazon.com
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reviewed as having plans for all buildings wich is not true. partial
to frull plans for about 1/3 of the buildings. Texy is very informative but somewhat superficial on some of the buildings.
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