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The Fate of the English Country House

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    David Littlejohn(Author) Sheila Littlejohn(Photographer)

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About 2000 country houses - all of them large and opulent and surrounded by extensive estates - remain more or less intact in England today. Whether in public or private hands, they have become a major magnet for British and foreign visitors each year, and have been called `England's one important contribution to art history'. But they are increasingly in danger of disappearing in an inhospitable economic and political climate.

This book describes in detail the present state of these houses, those that continue to serve as family houses, as well as those that have been converted into National Trust museums, tourist attractions, convention centres, hotels, country clubs, schools, apartments, hospitals, and even prisons. From extensive conversations with many of the owners, managers, and curators of these houses, Professor Littlejohn extrapolates the probable future of England's historic houses, evaluates the many proposals that have been put forward for their survival, and considers the political, economic, and archaic heritage of the aristocratic past.

indispensable for students of the history of 20th-century institutions concerned with "the heritage" (The Times Higher Education Supplement)This is a wide ranging study of the many options available to owners of such houses, enlivened by comments by people who live, run, or used to live in such splendid piles. (Victoria Ellis, Darlington & Stockton Times)supremely impressive guide to this fascinating territory (Adam Nicolson, Evening Standard (London))Mr Littlejohn's clear-eyed approach is helped by a proper historical perspective. (The Economist (UK))the book is well worth reading (Bob Kindred, Context 55 September 1997)this chatty and eminently readable book ... proves to be based on a remarkably extensive range of visits to English country houses and conversations with their owners ... Littlejohn gives an admirably lucid account of what has happened to country houses since the beginning of the second World War and a well-informed assessment of the challenges which they present to their modern owners. (London Review of Books)

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