thu23nov2:00 pmSouth West Group Event: Georgian ArcadiaIn-person lecture by Roger White2:00 pm Southernhay URC ChurchBook Now

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A joint event by Devon Gardens Trust and the Georgian Group

Church Hall, Southernhay United Reform Church, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QA

The Georgian gentleman’s estate was characteristically embellished by a great diversity of structures all designed to add to the aesthetic appreciation of the landscape. They are one of the pleasures today of visiting historic gardens. These structures were often highly innovative in design, ranging from the obvious adornments such as temples, summerhouses, grottoes, towers, ruins and “follies” – those truly eccentric structures with no obvious function – to buildings with predominantly practical purpose including mausolea, boathouses, dovecotes, stables, kennels, deer pens, barns and cowsheds, all of which could be dressed up to make an architectural impact. Roger White is a leading authority on Georgian landscape architecture whose interest in these buildings was first piqued some fifty years ago and recently culminated in the publication of his book, Georgian Arcadia, Architecture for the Park and Garden which examines the subject from the sublime to the bizarre. In the talk he will explore the diversity and innovation of the buildings, their origins and development as well as their functional and cultural significance.

Roger White is an architectural historian, author and lecturer specialising in the Georgian period. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and has been Secretary to both the Georgian Group and the Garden History Society (precursor to the Gardens Trust.) Copies of Roger’s book will be on sale.

Members of the Georgian Group £10 (plus booking fee) using Promo Code GGMEMBER (Type this in against Promo Code on the booking page then ‘Apply’ to receive this discount). Non members £12 (plus booking fee). Includes refreshments.

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