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British Country Houses, Gardens, and Castles: Country Houses

This page is intended to guide users through the resources needed to study Castles, Country Houses and Gardens of England, Scotland and Wales.

What is a Country House?

Oxford English Dictionary defines the country house as "a house or mansion in the country; esp. the residence of a country gentleman; a country-seat".

What is a Manor House?

Oxford English Dictionary defines the manor house as "a mansion or country residence; the principal house of an estate, spec. (in Law) that occupied by the owner of the estate".

Blogs

Consumption and the Country House

A social networking forum for people interested in the country house and the study of consumption across a broad chronological period, from academics to private researchers, conservationists and the broader public.

countryhousereader

This blog is run by an eighteenth-century historian, who delights in all things related to the country house; building and architecture, material culture, servants, household and estate management.

The Country Seat

The aim of this blog is to focus on sharing news and comments on UK country houses and stately homes and provide a broader perspective on their place in architecture.

Primary Sources on British Country Houses

Books listed can be found in the YCBA Rare Bks and Mss Collection unless otherwise noted.

Books on British Country Houses

Books listed can be found in the YCBA Reference Library unless otherwise noted.

Search Orbis for additional titles and try using subject headings such as "Country homes--England"

Websites on British Country Houses

 

Britain Express

This tourist site for discovering Britain can be searched by type of attraction such as castles, abbeys, historic houses, gardens, etc. Attractions can be searched alphabetically in England, Scotland and Wales.

British Castles, Stately Homes and Houses

This website features an alphabetical listing of Castles and Stately Homes in Britain with weblinks and photographs.

The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses

A database of all the country houses ever built in Britain and Ireland, updated daily, with information coming from professional journals, print resources and from contributors around the world. The Database currently contains records for more than 7,000 houses and listings of over 570 houses where movie and TV filming has taken place. There is also a guide for property pronouncing the names of British houses.

Heritage Trail

This independent historical website was created to encourage the exploration of British heritage. Showcasing a diverse range of historical sites and monuments, The Heritage Trail provides an excellent starting point for researching projects, holidays or tours.

Historic House Association

HHA represents 1,500 privately-owned historic houses, castles and gardens throughout the UK. Their portfolio of 300 HHA houses open to the public can be searched.

Lost Heritage

List of lost English country houses sorted alphabetically with former location, reason for loss and sometimes images and further information.

National Trust

The Trust preserves and makse public, historic houses, gardens, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, etc. The site can be searched for properties and the latest news on preservation.

Stately Homes

The guide will help you plan your visit to one of Britain's stately homes, gardens, castles and other historic properties and houses. Includes all major properties represented by the Historic Houses Association, National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw (Welsh Heritage), and The National Trust for Scotland and other properties open to the public.