£18 As the sun set slowly on the British Empire in the years after the Second World War, the nation's stately homes were in crisis. Tottering under the weight of rising
As the sun set slowly on the British Empire in the years after the Second World War, the nation’s stately homes were in crisis. Tottering under the weight of rising taxes and a growing sense that they had no place in twentieth-century Britain, hundreds of ancestral piles were dismantled and demolished. But, surprisingly, many more survived, as duke and duchesses desperately clung to their ancestral seats and a new class of homeowners bought their way into country life. Adrian Tinniswood recreates a forgotten moment in the history of the English country house, a curiously intimate collaboration between members of the crumbling old order and of the rising new, bringing to life the way in which a rakish, raffish yet aristocratic Swinging London interacted with traditional rural values in elegant drawing rooms, on windswept grouse moors and in the bedrooms of the stately homes of England.
Adrian Tinniswood is a writer and historian, who has also worked with a number of organisations such as the National Trust and has lectured at universities in the UK and the US. He has published extensively, having authored some sixteen books on social and architectural history, including Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household. His latest book, Noble Ambitions: The Fall and Rise of the Postwar Country House, is released in October.
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(Tuesday) 6:30 pm
Donald Insall Associates
12 Devonshire Street, London, W1G 7AB