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Great Houses of England & Wales Hardcover – 18 Aug 2014

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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; 01 edition (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780674023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780674025
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 3.8 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This large-scale handsome volume is a stunning visual history of the evolution of the 'great house'." - Cotswold Life "History of the 32 most notable great houses of England and Wales, featuring 'Downton Abbey'." - The Bookseller Buyer's Guide

About the Author

Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd was the editor of an index covering some 10,000 houses in the British Isles. He was a prolific writer of books and articles. He died in 2007. Christopher Simon Sykes specializes in photographing architecture and interiors. With several books to his name, his photographs have also appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, House and Garden and The World of Interiors. The Big House, his family's house in Yorkshire, was published in 2013.


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The book was first published in 1994 and the current book is just a reprint. The least I would have expected was for the authors who are still alive to have updated the text. Consequently when you read the text you have the impression that it is all old hat and that the authors just could not be bothered. A shame really as the photography is first class.
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The travel writer Robin Bryans mentions in his memoir “ Let the Petals Fall” that the late Hugh Montgomery Massingberd, went to Tredegar Park in the 1990s during the time he was researching to compile this epic and glossy text book “Great Houses of England and Wales”

The House, the seat of the Morgan family, the Lords Tredegar is situated near Newport, South Wales. The male line of the Morgans died out in 1962 with the death of John Morgan, the 6th Baron. The most colourful member of the Morgan clan was the 4th Baron. Evan Frederic Morgan ( 1893-1949), who was also the 2nd Viscount Tredegar. A poet, homosexual and eccentric he held court there hosting many lavish house parties and country weekend stay overs for his London friends and his latest conquests. The House was a Catholic girls school for many years and in 1973 it was taken over by the local authority who opened it up to the public.

Robin Bryans notes that when Massingberd visited the House he over heard a woman guide tell a group of visitors:

'One of his Lordship's party tricks was to let a parrot crawl up his trouser-leggings and then peep out from his fly buttons.

His Lordship was of course Evan. However with no regard to whether the story was accurate or not Massinberd swept the overheard story into his book and gave it credence. Thus a tall tale entered the public domain and since has been regularly repeated and believed .

Bryans, a loyal Evan aficionado comments on Evan's parrot trick:

“Not [a] very nice [ story] , was it? Alas, not very accurate either!

The parrot who is given credit for the extraordinary trouser leg feat is ‘Blue Boy’ a large blue Hyacinth Macaw, who was Evan Morgan’s familiar.
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Great book at a great discount. I had already thumbed through it in a bookshop so no wurprises on the content.
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Great well worth the money
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handsome but Superficial 28 Jan. 2015
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It's a handsome book, but it doesn't escape a certain superficiality: it's a coffee table book, and a nice one, but it could have been much more: detail, art, architectural comment, and history could all have been usefully included.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!! 25 July 2015
By MS. Bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the original edition and love it. It is without a doubt the very best stately home great house book of them all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Dec. 2015
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This book is a lifelong "keeper." And updated for the Downton age. For all Anglo- and Brittanophiles.
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