Lost Mansions

Lost Mansions

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In seven provocative essays by historians, curators and architects, this volume invites us to question the nature of our interest in country houses. The focus is lost houses, itself a highly controversial issue. Over twelve hundred English, four hundred Scottish and three hundred Irish country houses (or about a sixth of the total) were demolished during the twentieth century. This book's essays debate the loss of these mansions from several perspectives: historical, archaeological, architectural and literary. Why should we care about their loss? And what is 'loss' when, quite apart from actual physical destruction, the changing use and appearance of the houses we visit or see on television often involves the loss of historical understanding? The volume debates the 'heritage' challenge in rescuing and interpreting the sites and material presence of destroyed mansions and offers some incisive ideas about the process of breathing new life into 'lost' mansions.Bob Hope came to give a concert at Marks Hall; jeeps ferried young airmen from hut to airfield as the planes readied to fight overhead. ... Demolition was often a solution to problems a€“ and the problems and solutions were not new, as the 1955 Essex ... Essex, 2010); see also a#39;Outlying parts of the Liberty: West Donylanda#39;, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 9: The Borough of Colchester (1994), pp.

Title:Lost Mansions
Author:James Raven
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-04-29


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