Originally published in 1982, and based on extensive research in estates’ archives, this book outlines the changing fate of the 500 largest estates in England over the centuries. It examines estates in their heyday and looks at their changing role as they declined in the twentieth century, showing how some estates have survived and describing the differing uses to which country houses have been put.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Land Ownership and the Estate in The Rural Landscape to circa 1880 1. The Landowners 2. The Study Population and Estate Definitions 3. The Country House in the Landscape from the Middle Ages to the Late Victorian Era 4. Estate Amenity Land 5. Power and Prestige Beyond the ‘Park Walls’ 6. The Seeds of Decline in the Nineteenth Century Part 2: A Century of Change 1880 – 1980 7. Private Land Ownership and Estate Decline 8. Country House Losses 9. Country House Survival and Adaptation 10. Amenity Land and Other Estate Features 11. Conclusions – The Future