Lost Country Houses of Norfolk

November 2015
76 black and white, 14 line illustrations
361 pages
24x17 cm
ISBN: 9781783270729
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS015000, ARC005000

Lost Country Houses of Norfolk

History, Archaeology and Myth

Tom Williamson, Ivan Ringwood, Sarah Spooner

Norfolk is a county sadly rich in "lost" country houses; this account and gazetteer offer a comprehensive account of them.
Winner of the general non-fiction category in the East Anglian Book Awards 2016.

The country houses lost from the landscape since the late nineteenth century exercise a peculiar grip on the English imagination, seeming to symbolise the passing of a world of taste and elegance, of stability and deference: a world destroyed by modernity. This important new book argues that most previous studies of the subject have been characterised by nostalgia and vagueness, and by a tendency to exaggerate the scale of the destruction and simplify its causes. It presents a balanced, systematic analysis of country house losses in Norfolk, discussing the scale and chronology of destruction. The authors argue that the loss of great houses was not an entirely new development of the twentieth century, they explain the varied reasons why houses were abandoned and destroyed, and they explore the archaeological traces which these places, their gardens and parks, have left in the modern landscape. Their arguments are illuminated by a full and lavishly-illustrated gazetteer.
This book, the results of many years of fieldwork and documentary research, will be essential reading for all those interested in the history of the country house, in the development of the post-medieval landscape, and in the archaeology and history of the county of Norfolk.

Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia; Ivan Ringwood is an independent historical researcher; Sarah Spooner is Lecturer in Landscape History at the University of East Anglia.

Table of Contents

Lost Country Houses
Norfolk Houses: early losses
Norfolk Houses: the twentieth-century losses
Lost Country Houses in the Landscape
Conclusion: The Death of the Country House?


Invaluable for scholars exploring the architectural, environmental and landscape legacy of the country house in Norfolk...Excellent book. LANDSCAPE HISTORY

It is authoritative and meticulously researched on both physical and documentary evidence. For anyone interested in the history of Norfolk, this is an important reference tool. REFERENCE REVIEWS

The fascinating gazetteer here, from Appleton Hall to Wroxham House, includes many examples you can't help but wish somehow had made it through intact to the modern era. EASTERN DAILY PRESS

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Lecturer Landscape History & Engagement, University of East Anglia

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