Tag Archives: Restoration

Ickworth

I was lecturing in  Suffolk recently and took the opportunity to call in at Ickworth, for the first time in many years. What a revelation that was. Not the grand rotunda of the house, splendid on the outside but  rather … Continue reading

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Hardwick Park – the Circuit Walk

This is a follow-on from last week’s post about Hardwick Park in County Durham, one of the great 18thc circuit walk gardens, now in the later stages of a very successful restoration programme. There are several descriptions of the circuit … Continue reading

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Hardwick Hall Park

First things first. No…. this post is not about THAT Hardwick Hall but the one in County Durham. Maybe not so many famous connections, and definitely not such an interesting mansion but with much more interesting grounds which include the largest collection … Continue reading

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Eternal Wrest…

Wrest Park is a rarity.  I’ve heard comments that the house  looks a bit like a mundane French provincial station but, if so, it is a Grade 1 listed French provincial railway station, and mundane on the outside only. Inside … Continue reading

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BEAUTIFUL BRITAIN: Romance and Reason 2…..

In my last post I was waxing lyrical about the way that history and ruins in particular were romanticized  in the 19thc, and how gradually Ruskin’s idea of trusteeship of  the ‘national heritage’ were adapted and adopted.  This came at … Continue reading

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