At the turn of the twentieth century, dark clouds were brewing over the country houses and estates that littered England’s countryside. It marked the beginning of decades of destruction of our finest architectural marvels that have stood proudly for so long. But what happened? How did we lose so many great houses in so little time, and why?
From early political changes and government taxation that spelled disaster in the long run, to the events of both World Wars, where country houses were requisitioned. This book, reveals the stories behind some of England’s lost houses and looks at the reasons and events that led to their destruction.