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Lost Country Houses of Norfolk : History, Archaeology and Myth (Hardcover) (Tom Williamson & Ivan

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Many books have been written over the past few decades about the many country houses which have been demolished in England since the late nineteenth century. Much of this writing, however, has been coloured by polemic and prone to exaggeration. This new book, by focusing in detail on the experience of one English county, attempts to separate myth from reality. How many Norfolk country houses really perished over the past century, and how does this compare with rates of destruction in earlier centuries - and with the number of great houses that have survived to the present? What explains the geography and chronology of destruction, and were certain kinds of houses more likely to be demolished than others? And how does the architectural importance of the "lost" houses compare with that of surviving examples? In addition, this book examines the archaeology of lost houses, for few have disappeared without any trace: it looks at the marks they have left in the modern landscape, and what these can tell us about the character of the houses themselves, and the processes of their destruction. This important new study will be essential reading for architectural historians, landscape historians, and all those with an interest in the social and cultural history of twentieth-century England. The authors work as members of the Landscape Group, School of History, University of East Anglia.
Many books have been written over the past few decades about the many country houses which have been demolished in England since the late nineteenth century. Much of this writing, however, has been coloured by polemic and prone to exaggeration. This new book, by focusing in detail on the experience of one English county, attempts to separate myth from reality. How many Norfolk country houses really perished over the past century, and how does this compare with rates of destruction in earlier centuries - and with the number of great houses that have survived to the present? What explains the geography and chronology of destruction, and were certain kinds of houses more likely to be demolished than others? And how does the architectural importance of the "lost" houses compare with that of surviving examples? In addition, this book examines the archaeology of lost houses, for few have disappeared without any trace: it looks at the marks they have left in the modern landscape, and what these can tell us about the character of the houses themselves, and the processes of their destruction. This important new study will be essential reading for architectural historians, landscape historians, and all those with an interest in the social and cultural history of twentieth-century England. The authors work as members of the Landscape Group, School of History, University of East Anglia.
Number of Pages: 351
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Europe / Great Britain
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Author: Tom Williamson & Ivan Ringwood & Sarah Spooner
Language: English
Street Date: November 19, 2015
TCIN: 23937301
UPC: 9781783270729
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-7886
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