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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075246051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752460512
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Lesley Lewis, born in 1909 as Lesley Lawrence, was educated by governesses at her home, Pilgrims' Hall, near Pilgrims Hatch, Essex. She was one of the founding students of the newly formed Courthauld Institute, London. She was elected to the Society of Antiquaries in 1964, working for the Morris Committee. She also worked tirelessly for the Georgian Group and the Chelsea Society. She was vice-president of the Royal Archaeological Institute and was a trustee of Sir John Soane's museum. Her work for the protection of historic buildings and art work was unfailing. She died in January 2010, aged 100.


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My aunt worked in this house. Good to read about life in a stately house.
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This is my desert-island book. Lesley Lewis tells how her memories of family life at her home in Essex from 1912 to 1939 reveal a lifestyle lost to present generations but fascinating to read; she takes us through the house, through the gardens, taking each room or area as a prompt to detail life as it was led at the time, lost to view now, as distant as any history of earlier centuries but far, far more riveting. My copy falls apart through re-reading. If you like history, family life, "how it felt to live like this", what life in a minor country house in England was like so relatively recently, do try this.
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A book with lots of specific detail about one house that can then give a good idea about life in similar houses at that time. Lesley Lewis has excellent recall of items available and events that happened in a 'bygone' era. A room by room tour of artifacts and lifestyle....a fascinating read for those curious about smaller country houses and the life within.
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I think I would have liked it more had the book been correctly bound.
A bunch of pages was doubled up and the correct bundle was missing so that pages numbered 75 to 102 were duplicated.
A pity, because otherwise it read well.
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so very interesting
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