Felling the Ancient Oaks: How England Lost its Great Country Estates John Martin Robinson

ISBN: 9781845136703

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192 pages


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Felling the Ancient Oaks: How England Lost its Great Country Estates  by  John Martin Robinson

Felling the Ancient Oaks: How England Lost its Great Country Estates by John Martin Robinson
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Today we find a motor-racing circuit in their place, or a power station, or a housing estate, or a reservoir, but once there was a grand country house, a superb parterre, a cottage garden, a sweeping deer park, a tree–lined avenue, lodges, stables,MoreToday we find a motor-racing circuit in their place, or a power station, or a housing estate, or a reservoir, but once there was a grand country house, a superb parterre, a cottage garden, a sweeping deer park, a tree–lined avenue, lodges, stables, perhaps a cricket field—altogether a classic English country estate.

But while we can mercifully still visit Chatsworth these days or Holkham, all too many across the country have been broken up, sold off, the buildings demolished, the land built on, leaving nothing but a collection of stirring, and now poignant, photographs. John Robinson’s book catalogues 20 of the most egregious losses around the UK.

Felling the Ancient Oaks is a fascinating chronicle of how power and money passed away from the aristocracy, but in the process utterly changed the English landscape, usually for the worse.



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