The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Castles, Palaces & Stately Houses of Britain & Ireland: A magnificent visual account of Britain's architectural and historical heritage celebrated in over 500 beautiful photographs, fine-art paintings, drawings and maps


An unrivalled account of Britain's magnificent architectural and historical heritage celebrated with over 500 beautiful photographs, fine-art paintings, drawings and maps

A truly impressive reference guide to the historic buildings of the United Kingdom - the castles, fortresses, royal palaces, stately homes, fortified manors and great country houses

In-depth features describe the architectural importance of over 120 of the most significant ...

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An unrivalled account of Britain's magnificent architectural and historical heritage celebrated with over 500 beautiful photographs, fine-art paintings, drawings and maps

A truly impressive reference guide to the historic buildings of the United Kingdom - the castles, fortresses, royal palaces, stately homes, fortified manors and great country houses

In-depth features describe the architectural importance of over 120 of the most significant buildings, and the famous people who lived there, from the glories of Hampton Court Palace and Castle Howard to Chatsworth and Holyroodhouse, and modern building and restoration work at Uppark, Plas Newydd, Eilean Donan and Clandon Park

Full coverage of the World Heritage Sites of Edward I's castles at Beaumaris, Harlech, Caernarvon and Conwy; Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor's magnificent Blenheim Palace; the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster; and the first Palladian building in England, the Queen's House in Greenwich, built by Inigo Jones, England's pre-eminent architect

Explore Britain's unique historic architectural legacy with the aid of specially commissioned location maps and an A-Z gazetteer of every castle, palace and stately house mentioned

The architectural, historical and cultural heritage of Britain and Ireland is vividly brought to life in an expert and comprehensive survey from earliest times to the present day

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754824756
  • Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 787,606
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part 1 Ancient Castles to 1485 12

Timelines and Maps to 1485 14

Chapter 1 From Roman Villas to Norman Castles, to 1154 18

Before the Normans: Roman and Anglo-Saxon Building 20

Pevensey and Hastings 22

Dover Castle 24

The Tower of London and William I 26

Westminster Hall 27

Chepstow Castle 28

Rochester Castle 30

Castle Hedingham 32

Berkeley Castle 33

Richmond Castle 34

Chapter 2 Plantagenet Might, 1154-1307 36

Orford Castle and Cylindrical Keeps 38

Framlingham Castle 40

Carrickfergus Castle 41

Middleham Castle 42

Tintagel Castle 44

Winchester Great Hall and the Round Table 45

Caerphilly Castle 46

Caernarvon Castle 48

Conway Castle 50

Rhuddlan, Flint and Goodrich 52

Harlech Castle 54

Beaumaris Castle 56

Chapter 3 The Rise of the Fortified House, 1307-1400 58

Stokesay Castle 60

Penshurst Place 62

Leeds Castle 64

Raby Castle 66

Bodiam Castle 68

Westminster Palace 70

Edinburgh Castle 71

Ightham Mote 72

Chapter 4 Castles and Manor Houses, 1400-1485 74

Tattershall Castle 76

Linlithgow Palace 78

Raglan Castle 80

St George's Chapel and Windsor Castle 82

Norton Conyers 83

Oxburgh Hall 84

Herstmonceux Castle 85

Haddon Hall 86

Part 2 Tudor and Stuart 1485-1714 88

Timelines and Maps, 1485-1714 90

Chapter 5 Early Tudor Palaces and Country Houses, 1485-c.1550 94

Compton Wynyates and The Vyne 96

Hampton Court Palace and the Court of Henry VIII 98

Hever Castle 100

Leeds Castle and its Transformation by Henry VIII 101

The Tower of London 102

Sulgrave Manor and George Washington's Family 104

Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse 106

Falkland Palace and Stirling Castle 107

Deal Castle 108

Syon House and Sudeley Castle 110

Chapter 6 'Prodigy Houses': The Age of Gloriana, c.1550-1600 112

Burghley House 114

Kenilworth Castle 116

Crathes Castle and the Scottish Tower House 118

Longleat House and the Classical Renaissance 120

Hardwick Hall 122

Mapledurham House 124

Loseley Park and Queen Elizabeth's Progress 125

Carew Castle and the Welsh Country House 126

Montacute House and Wollaton Hall 128

Chapter 7 The Jacobean Country House, c.1600-c.1650 130

Knole 132

Hatfield House 134

Bolsover Castle 136

Dunfermline Palace and Glamis Castle 137

Audley End 138

Blickling Hall 139

The Queen's House, Greenwich 140

The Banqueting House, Whitehall 142

Wilton House 144

'Plantation Castles' in Ulster: Balfour, Enniskillen, Monea, Tully and Killyleagh 146

Chapter 8 Restoration Style, c.1660-c.1714 148

Petworth House and Grinling Gibbons 150

Holyroodhouse Palace 152

Windsor Castle and Charles II 153

Chatsworth 154

Felbrigg Hall 156

Nottingham Castle 157

Belton House 158

Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and the Work of Sir Christopher Wren 160

Easton Neston and Nicholas Hawksmoor 162

Marlborough House and the Churchills 164

Uppark 165

Part 3 The Modern Era 1714-Today 166

Timelines and Maps, 1714-Today 168

Chapter 9 The Baroque and Palladian Styles, c.1714-c.1760 172

Castle Howard 174

Blenheim Palace and the Marlboroughs 176

Mereworth Castle and Palladian Houses 178

Holkham Hall and William Kent 180

Ditchley Park and James Gibbs 182

Houghton Hall and Sir Robert Walpole 184

Rousham Park 186

Stowe House and Gardens and the English Palladian Movement 188

Petworth House and 'Capability' Brown 189

Chapter 10 Late Georgian and Regency Houses, c.1760-1830 190

Strawberry Hill and the Gothic Revival 192

Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage 194

Syon House and Robert Adam 196

Harewood House and the 'Adam Style' 197

Kedleston Hall and Kenwood House 198

Heveningham Hall and James Wyatt 200

Castle Coole and the Neoclassical Revival 201

Althorp 202

Brighton Pavilion and the Prince Regent 204

Penrhyn Castle and the Norman Revival 206

Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace 208

The Grange at Northington 210

Restoration at Windsor Under George IV 212

Chapter 11 Victorian Style and Revivals, c.1830-1901 214

Buckingham Palace 216

Balmoral and the Scottish Baronial Style 217

Osborne House 218

Alnwick, Eastnor and Arundel 220

Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch 222

Windsor Castle and Frogmore 224

Chatsworth and Joseph Paxton 225

Knebworth House and Hughenden Manor 226

Sandringham and York Cottage 227

Chapter 12 The Country House Revival, 1901-Today 228

Elveden Hall, Polesden Lacey and the Rothschild Mansions 230

Buckingham Palace and Clarence House 232

Manderston and Sennowe Park 234

Castle Drogo 235

Eltham Palace 236

Plas Newydd and Port Lympne 237

The 'Golden Triangle': Gatcombe, Highgrove and Nether Lypiatt 238

Birkhall, Mey and Glamis 239

Eilean Donan and Clandon Park 240

Neo-Palladian Country Houses 242

Glossary 244

Property Listings 246

Index 252

Acknowledgements 256

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