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Anglesey Abbey

Just under a century ago two wealthy Anglo-American brothers, fanatical about horse racing bought a stud farm near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. They also  wanted to enjoy the life of the huntin’ shootin’ and fishin’ set in the English … Continue reading

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Another victory for Houghton

Houghton Hall in Norfolk (which I wrote about last week) hit the headlines in the arts pages earlier this year because it is playing host in a spectacular way to an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Damien Hirst.  The … Continue reading

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Houghton

I visited Houghton recently. It’s a vast early 18thc landscape park in rural west Norfolk surrounding a Grade 1 listed Palladian house  built for Sir Robert Walpole, who was effectively Britain’s  first Prime Minister.  I’ve wanted to go there for a … Continue reading

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A Halfpenny-worth of Chinese

It was hard not to smile when, whilst researching for a lecture on Chinoiserie in the garden, I flicked through the pattern books published by William Halfpenny,  a virtually unknown 18thc architect.   Very little of his work appears to have survived, although what … 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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